Latest 7 Nov 2011

World’s biggest servers to feature at 2012 ASB Classic

World’s biggest servers to feature at 2012 ASB Classic

Wimbledon semifinalist and current world No.18 Sabine Lisicki has confirmed she will be bringing her killer serve back to Auckland for next year’s ASB Classic.

The 22-year-old German amazed fans at the home of tennis by consistently serving at speeds around 200 km per hour as she made it to her first Grand Slam semifinal.

Lisicki broke into the world top 20 in August after her Wimbledon efforts and winning WTA titles in Birmingham and Dallas. She also made the fourth round of the US Open and has beaten top 10 players this year including US Open champion Sam Stosur, Li Na and Marion Bartoli.

Today’s announcement comes just over a week after another of the world’s big servers –former world No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams – confirmed she was heading to Auckland.

The big serving pair will be the star attractions at the ASB Classic featuring the Kia Motors Singles and Doubles from 2-7 January 2012 at Auckland’s ASB Tennis Centre.

Lisicki came through qualifying at the ASB Classic this year and went through to the second round where she was knocked out by defending champion Yanina Wickmeyer. 

ASB Classic Tournament Director Richard Palmer said Lisicki was an upcoming force to be reckoned with.

“Sabine is a very likable young woman and was a delight to have here. She has always shown exceptional promise and has been one of the biggest movers on the WTA circuit this year as she begins to fulfil her promise. Hopefully fans will get to see her at her best and witness her big serve.”

Lisicki, who is coached by her father Richard, also had a successful doubles year with Australian Stosur. The pair made the doubles final at Wimbledon beating Kiwi Marina Erakovic in the semifinal, and also collected the Stuttgart title.

Lisicki’s powerful serve combined with her impressive groundstrokes make her an impressive talent on her favorite surfaces of hard court and grass.

Based in Florida where she trains at the prestigious Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the German youngster is being compared with her countrywoman – the legendary Steffi Graf – due to her speed around the court and her attacking cross-court shots.

Tickets for the ASB Classic are now on sale from Ticketek.

All centre court games for the ASB Classic will be screened live on SKY TV. The action will run uninterrupted from the start of play at 1pm each day through until the last game of the day.