Top seeded Sabine Lisicki exits from the opening round of Internationaux de Strasbourg: Part One

German wildcard entrant, Sabine Lisicki, bowed out to the local contender, Pauline Parmentier, in straight sets at the Internationaux de Strasbourg 2012 on Monday. As a result, she squandered her chance of grabing a crystalware this season.

Lisicki endured a 4-6, 4-6 shock at the hands of the world number 66 at this WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) International-level tournament taking place in Strasbourg, France.

The German ace was ruled for much of the clay court season with an ankle injury. Adding further to her miser, she was underplayed by the 26-year-old in her opening round match at this clay court event. As a result, the French not only took lead in the head-to-head
series by 1-0 against Lisicki but also secured a spot in the round of 16.

Lisicki made a drastic entry at this clay court event and suffered the first blow in the opening game to fall at 0-2. She smoothly swiped in remaining serves but the initial loss led to a 4-6 defeat in the opening set. The German failed to capitalise on
both break chances and saved only two out of three breakpoints she faced to gift away the opener.

12th ranked German carried her dismal ways in the follow-up set and lost her opening serve to fall at 0-2 again. Regardless of plucking her remaining serves with poise, she failed to cash in her lone break opportunity and eventually registered
a 4-6 loss again.

Summing up the German’s performance in this encounter, the 22-year-old nudged up a lower first serve share of 56 per cent as opposed to the local star’s 63 per cent and spilled four double faults. She acceptably availed 24 out of 35 points on her first serve
share but dusted away three out of five breakpoints she came across.  

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