Boom Boom Lisicki Visits YONEX at Toray Pan Pacific

After her great victory at the Hong Kong Open last Sunday, record-breaking Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97POLYTOUR SPIN) paid a visit to the YONEX booth at the Toray Pan Pacific tournament in Tokyo on September 17th. At the booth, Sabine spoke to a crowd of around 50 excited fans. “It was obviously an amazing week in Hong Kong, winning my fourth title. Coming to Tokyo on Monday and playing on Tuesday wasn't the easiest thing, but I really wanted to play in Tokyo. I hope to come back next year.” She also spoke about her record-breaking serve, “I hit a 209 km/h serve before but it wasn't official.  This time I hit 211 km/h, and it was official, which became the new record for fastest serve. It’s very special to me.”

Sabine then talked about her plans for the rest of the season, “Because I won in Hong Kong, I can participate in the WTA Tournament of Champions, so that's very special. I want to win and finish the season there. I’m also appearing in the Fed Cup.” After visiting with fans and an autograph session, the hard-hitting Sabine continued on to test out the new Sony Smart Tennis Sensor. True true to her reputation, she hit the fastest stroke of the day.

That same day also saw superb wins for YONEX players in the second round, with both Angelique Kerber (VCORE Si 100)—the No. 1 seed—and Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98) grasping fine victories. Angelique defeated rising star Elina Svitolina in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. "I think I like the courts here, because I always play well" said Angelique on her performance in a comment on the WTA website. In a match between former No. 1 players, Ana came out victorious over her opponent, Victoria Azarenka. Intent on winning the prize, Ana grabbed the lead shortly into both of her sets, taking the match in 99 minutes at 6-3 6-4.

The next round is the quarterfinals, so be sure to watch for what YONEX players will do next!

Tournament Results [Toray Pan Pacific Open, Day 3]

Women’s Singles [Round 2]

[1] Angelique Kerber (VCORE Si 100)(GER) def. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-4 6-4

[3] Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Ai 98)(SRB) def. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-3 6-4

[7]Lucie Safarova (CZE) def. [WC]Belinda Bencic (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR HS 125)(SUI) 3-6 6-4 6-3

[6]Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) def. [Q]Coco Vandeweghe (EZONE Ai 98)(USA) 7-6(5), 7-5

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) def. [W]Sabine Lisicki (VCORE Tour 97POLYTOUR SPIN)(GER) 6(5)-7, 7-5, 6-2

Women’s Doubles [Round 1]

[WC]Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)/Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) def. Kimiko Date-Krumm (S-FIT, POLYTOUR SPIN)(JPN)/Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 6-3 7-5