July 6th, 2013, 1 pm London– Time would stand still in the tennis world for a new awakening in women’s tennis, but it didn’t happen because Sabine Lisicki was a bundle of nerves. Her nervous system had collapsed and there was no help available.
How does the aspiring tennis phenomena Sabine Lisicki not get to play the tennis match of her life in the final of the women’s singles? She had to fight off two opponents: the bubbly French Marion Bartoli, and the pressure and mental anxiety of playing in a Wimbledon Championship match.
Who was the more serious combatant? Undeniably it was the pressure. Bartoli played the game of her life but she was playing a shadow of the Lisicki who polished off the best tennis player in the world, Serena Williams, and the number 4 seed in women’s tennis, Agnieszka Radwanska, just a few days ago.
The medics rush onto the court when Serena slides on the damp grass and pulls a tendon and gets a smoothing massage and a bandage, Nadal tumbles and gets his bruises attended to, but where were the medics to treat Lisicki’s trauma? Why wasn’t a psychiatrist on hand to calm the nervous system?
The girl was in tears but no medic arrived. Wimbledon has to understand that the nervous system also needs tending! If this unlikely scenario had taken place, we would have watched the final of the decade.