German Sabine Lisicki showed her powerful game with the intention of causing fear to her Japanese opponent Nao Hibino. The 29-year-old former Wimbledon finalist, Lisicki who entered the $ 125000 L & T Mumbai Open as a WTA wild card, was flashy and flamboyant and showed glimpses of her talent during the first round match that just spilled over to the third hour. While Lisicki impressed the crowd, her display, that was on the margin of the erratic right through the match, made her presence longer in the tournament which was put off by a day to accommodate the fourth ODI between India and West Indies.
The contest between a big server who decided to go for broke from even back of the court and the No. 8 seed Hibino who was seen as the challenger, ended with Lisicki seeing her back-hand return crash on the net. Lisicki won the first set in a little over 34 minutes, but her overall approach, not showing the slightest hint of slowing down, resulting in the Japanese ranked 123 — some 118 places behind Naomi Osaka in the WTA ranking list — gain control of the match. Hibino won the second set in a little over 38 minutes. There was some interesting tussle in the seventh and eighth games of the third set, with Hibino winning a duel at the net.
Lisicki did not relent but eventually lost to an opponent who played within her limitations. Lisicki sent down six aces, but committed eight double faults. Hibino committed fewer errors and won more points on her first serve and also on the return of serves. “I played her in Taipei earlier this year when she came back from injury and I was not aggressive then, but this time I was prepared and attacked her from the start. “Breaking her early in the first set proved crucial as I had imbalanced her game and was able to move her around the court.” “She has got one of the best serves and I stood deep in the baseline to tackle her serves which gave me an edge over her,” said Hibino
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