Tennis star Sabine Lisicki faces 'long road back' after undergoing surgery on knee
Having been ranked a career-high 12th in 2012, successive ankle and shoulder injuries have set Sabine Lisicki back. She is currently 690th in the world.
Berlin: Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki revealed on Wednesday she has undergone surgery for a torn knee ligament which she suffered at the start of the week on the WTA tour.
The 31-year-old German hurt her left knee in a first-round doubles match in Linz on Monday alongside British playing partner Jodie Burrage and was forced to retire at 6-5 up in the opening set.
Lisicki said an MRI scan revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and that she had undergone surgery.
"It's going to be a very tough & long road back but I'm luckily surrounded by the best medical team!" she wrote on Twitter, alongside a picture of herself on crutches with her knee heavily strapped.
Lisicki lost the 2013 Wimbledon final to France's Marion Bartoli, but has struggled in recent years.
After just over a year out of tennis to recover from glandular fever, she picked up her first win on tour this season in August.
Having been ranked a career-high 12th in 2012, successive ankle and shoulder injuries have set her back. She is currently 690th in the world.
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The Spaniard, who has never won the elite eight-man event, was beaten 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 by in-form Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will play Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final.
Several major American sports have a policy setting out a procedure to be followed in such situations, and Djokovic believes tennis should go down the same route.
It was a case of third time lucky for the Dutch-Croatian fifth seeds, who lost their first two finals, in Marseille and at the US Open, earlier in the year.