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Busted Racquet talks to Wimbledon semifinalist Sabine Lisicki

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After battling injuries, Sabine Lisicki took a wild card into Wimbledon and made it count, advancing to the semifinals before losing to Maria Sharapova. As she prepares for the start of the American hard court season, the 21-year-old took some time out of her schedule to talk to Busted Racquet before the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

Busted Racquet: You haven't played since Wimbledon. Besides taking pictures of yourself in ice baths and playing frisbee, what have you been up to?

Sabine Lisicki: I've been very busy after Wimbledon. I was in Germany for a little bit and doing a lot of interviews for radio and television. It was good for tennis in Germany in general, I think. And then I went to Florida and started preparing for Stanford. I was happy to be back on the court and have been enjoying it. Gotta keep yourself cool after playing on the hard court in the heat and humidity!

BR: How comfortable are you with that hard court game?

Sabine Lisicki: I haven't played on the courts in three months and coming off grass is always a challenge, you know the first couple of tournaments are a good chance to get used to the hard court. That's why I'm starting here in Stanford so I can get a lot of matches in. That's the goal, to get as many matches in as possible.

BR: At the start of March you were No. 218 in the world. Then you went on a three-match losing streak. Are you surprised how quickly you've been able to turn it around?

Sabine Lisicki: I was working very hard in the offseason in November and December. That didn't turn into good results in January, February and March. I was a little bit disappointed by that. I was wondering if it would pay off but knew I was doing the right thing. Then it started to click again in Miami. I started playing well and got important top 20 wins over Nadia Petrova in Miami and Marion Bartoli in Charleston and Dominika Cibulkova in Mali and Stuttgart and those were big wins for me. I found my game and my confidence again, which is the toughest part after being injured and out for so long. And you know what? I love the grass. I was really looking forward to the grass court season.  There wasn't much expectation because I didn't have any expectation. I hadn't been on the grass for two years. Then I had an unbelievable grass court season. I love Wimbledon and love Centre Court so much.{YSP:more}

BR: You made the semifinals there, of course. It wasn't just in the singles though. You also made the doubles final with Sam Stosur. How did that pairing come about?

Sabine Lisicki: It was actually funny because we got to play together in Stuttgart and we both didn't plan to play but we decided to play and got a wild card and we won the tournament. We had so much fun and decided to go for Wimbledon and had an amazing two weeks there. The main thing is that we enjoy ourselves out there and have fun together and the game matches up well. We're playing back in Stanford here.

BR: There's something about you and wild cards. Don't think you'll be needing them for a while.

Sabine Lisicki: (Laughs) Yeah, I'm very happy that I used my wild cards well. I took my chances, which is great. Being ranked No. 220 about three-and-a-half months ago and to be back almost where I was before my injuries is just amazing. My goal was to get into the main draw at the U.S. Open and by the end of the year I wanted to be around No. 50. Everything I do now is just a bonus.

BR: Speaking of bonuses, you met music producer David Guetta recently for a shoot for the WTA's Xperia Hot shots series (below). You looked like you were enjoying yourself.

Sabine Lisicki: Oh yeah! It was very interesting. We're two different people -- me an athlete, him a producer/DJ -- and we had a lot in common. We travel so much and fight the jet lag. We have to stay in touch with our friends back home. And we both love what we do.

BR: It's been said that Germans love David Hasselhoff. What about you?

Sabine Lisicki: (Pause) Not really.

BR: Good, I'll put that one in the notebook. Sabine, unlike Dirk Nowitzki, doesn't love the Hoff.

Sabine Lisicki: (Laughs)

BR: You have a match on Monday in Stanford. What are your goals for the rest of the American hard court season?

SL: My goals in the grass season were to enjoy myself and fight in every match. That was successful for me. So why change something? I want to play as many matches as possible.

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