|Ana Ivanovic (SRB), 11||vs||Sabine Lisicki (GER), 19|
ScheduleThursday, 30 November 2023 at 14:15 GMT / 14:15 UK / 19:45 IST
The former 1st ranked player on the WTA ranking list in 2008 and currently 11th on the WTA singles ranking list, Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic is going to play against
Sabine Lisicki from Germany in the 3rd round of Wimbledon Ladies Single Championship. Sabine is currently 19th on the WTA list.
Ivanovic managed to pass through easily to the 3rd round of the Wimbledon by fairly easily beating Zhi Zheng from China by 2:0 (6:4, 6:0) while
Lisicki won against Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic also by 2:0, but with more games lost to her opponent (6:3, 7:5). It seems that Ivanovic had invested less effort into winning against Zheng than Lisicki
did in gaining victory over Pliskova. Lisicki had entered this tournament in the 1st round and was victorious in a relaxed encounter against Julia Glushko from Ukraine. She won by 2:0 (6:2, 6:1), and displayed a secure performance.
These two professional tennis players had played only one head-to-head duel so far, in this year's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament (on a hard court) and Ana Ivanovic gained victory
by winning 2:0 (6:1, 6:3).
Ivanovic played 524 matches in her career so far; she won 353 times and lost 171 times. The most prestigious title she ever won since turning professional is 2008's Roland Garros tournament trophy. In the finals, she faced the intimidating Russian Dinara Safina and was victorius. That win also brought her the flattering title of being the best female tennis player in the world - she won enough points to be first placed on WTA's ranking list.
Lisicki played 404 matches in whole career, and managed to win 245 duels, and to lose 159. The most significant success of this German tennis player is reaching last year's Wimbledon final in which she suffered defeat from Marion Bartoli - the French strongwoman won confidently, and the end result was 2:0 (6:1, 6:4). That was Lisicki's first Grand Slam final, and historical in a broader sense too, because no German female tennis player managed to reach any Grand Slam Finals since Stefi Graf back in 1999.
Ivanovic has been achieving greatness we all knew she was capable of this year, she claimed proud victories in three tournaments this year - Birmingham, Monterrey and Auckland, and also reached the quarter finals of this year's Australian Open, while Lisicki started this year with a serious illness and after that she was eliminated from almost every tournament she played in, already in early phases. But, despite these facts, this is sure to be an interesting, even-matched encounter. Lisicki is surely strongly motivated to play finals on the grass of Wimbledon once again, and a win against Ivanovic would signify that none of her opponents should underestimate her, which is a statement the German would like to make.
Ivanovic leads by 1:0.
Lisicki has a strong motive to go through, but Ana Ivanovic is in a better form at the moment, and she should clinch a victory here.