Lisicki Cracks A Record 27 Aces In Birmingham; Ivanovic, Bouchard Upset, Azarenka Withdraws
by Staff | June 17th, 2015, 7:16 pm
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German star Sabine Lisicki blasted a WTA record 27 aces en route to a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Belinda Bencic today in the second round at Birmingham.

“It’s nice to have another record!” Lisicki said on court. “It’s obviously a good weapon to have on grass. And I love playing on grass, so it’s nice to be back at the Aegon Classic Birmingham.”

Last summer, Lisicki hit the fastest serve ever recorded.

While the 8th-seeded Lisicki advanced, several seeds weren’t as fortunate. Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was stunned by grunting qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6). And Eugenie Bouchard continued her struggles falling to Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

The loss sends the 11th-ranked Bouchard to 7-12 on the year. Ahead of her Wimbledon runner-up defense, she has lost three straight matches and 10 of her last 11.

“I was trying to be more aggressive than I’ve been in the past, so I felt I did that okay in the first and second set,” said Bouchard who also lost to Kiki at the French Open. “Then I don’t know what happened in the third.

“Every negative adjective you could think of, I would use that. Just very, very frustrated.”

Jelena Jankovic, Carla Saurez Navarro and Angelique Kerber all advanced.

The tournament was also hit as former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her match against Zarina Diyas with a left foot injury.

“It’s very disappointing for me to make this decision but I tried to practice and it just doesn’t feel 100%,” Azarenka said in a statement. “I don’t think it’s the best time for me to take a risk right now, especially right before Wimbledon, and I need to make sure I have the best preparation possible. I have definitely enjoyed my time here in Birmingham and hopefully I can come back next year and play fully fit.”

Tomorrow, Simona Halep returns to face Klara Koukalova.


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7 Comments for Lisicki Cracks A Record 27 Aces In Birmingham; Ivanovic, Bouchard Upset, Azarenka Withdraws

Tennis Vagabond Says:

OK. I think karma has been harsh enough on Genie. Back off Karma! Give her some room.


kjb Says:

Can it even be called an upset in Genies case anymore?


jane Says:

wow sabine, them’s a lot of aces in 2 sets. now win wimbledon; you’ve come so close!


Jeez Says:

Which of BOUCHARD or GULBIS would have better[or WORSE] record @ the end of 2015??

7-12 Versus 4-14 !!!

:-)


RZ Says:

I guess Lisicki is feeling confident now that she’s back on the grass.


RZ Says:

@Jeez – Gulbis is starting to play a little better the last few weeks. Sadly, “better” in this case means winning first round matches. But Bouchard isn’t even doing that right now.


Eric Says:

Wow, I completely forgot that Bouchard is the defending runner-up (if we can say this) at Wimbledon.

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