Sabine Lisicki is starting to attract the attention of tennis professionals past and present both on and off the court for her performance and appearance. Sabine Lisicki has been known as a talented player throughout her career but in 2013 she started to really show the signs that she could be a Grand Slam winner on a consistent basis and also an in-demand brand ambassador.
In 2013 Sabine Lisicki defeated the number one player in the world, Serena Williams, on her way to the finals of the 2013 Wimbledon women's singles final. She had previously made it to the finals of the doubles tournament in 2011 but her reaching the finals of the singles competition showed that she had both the physical and mental toughness to defeat the best players in the world. She became the first German player of any gender since 2003 to reach a Grand Slam final and in the process became an endorsement darling and also caused tennis observers to take notice of her improved performance in major competitions.
However, it is Sabine Lisicki's recent first round match in the PTT Pattaya Open that is indicative of the improved player. She entered the tournament as the number one seed but during her first match she injured her shoulder. Instead of removing herself from play she fought through the pain to win the match and then withdrew from the tournament. The mental toughness she displayed while playing against another talented player while injured is reminiscent of German great Steffi Graff who was one of the mentally toughest competitors on the women's professional tennis circuit when she played.
Sabine Lisicki is on the path to potentially reach another Grand Slam final in 2014 and possibly be on the verge of making her presence in the finals a regular occurrence. Look out for Sabine Lisicki, the German woman tennis professional who may surprise the top players on the court with her mental toughness and corporate endorsers with her popularity and skill as a brand ambassador for their products.