SABINE LISICKI CLEARS FIRST HURDLE AT HAWAII OPEN

Sabine Lisicki overcame Julia Boserup – and some tricky on-court conditions – on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hawaii Open. Photo by Guy Bartleson.

Published November 22, 2016 12:15 by WTAtennis.com

HONOLULU, HI, USASabine Lisicki overcame Julia Boserup – and some tricky on-court conditions – on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hawaii Open.

Breaks in the final game of both sets allowed No.5 seed Lisicki to triumph, 6-4, 6-4. In the second round she will face Verónica Cepede Royg.

While the rain that wrecked havoc with the opening day’s schedule was largely absent, the blustery conditions still made life tricky for Lisicki. “You know it’s windy so it’s always tough you have to adjust a lot so you can’t go as powerful as sometimes you want to go,” Lisicki said. “And sometimes it’s just swirls. So I think we had some good fun points and it’s fun to be here.”

Going into the tournament, Lisicki had won just 16 matches all year. But while this run of form has affected her ranking – she is now No.93 – the same cannot be said about her appetite for competing.

“You know, I don’t know where I’ve been. The important part is to get back, I love the sport, I enjoy playing so much. I had a very tough year but I’ve been practicing really hard the last few months already and unfortunately that doesn’t always come out on the courts right away that would be nice. But step by step we’re getting there.”

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for Lisicki’s fellow seeds. Zhang Shuai, the top seed, made a confident start, requiring just 64 minutes to brush aside Akiko Omae, 6-3, 6-2.

No.8 seed Samantha Crawford also advanced, comfortably defeating Erika Sema, 6-3, 6-4, but there were early exits for the No.2 seed, Nicole Gibbs, who lost to Jacqueline Cako, 6-3, 7-5, and No.3 seed Maria Sakkari, who fell to Sachia Vickery, 7-5, 6-2.