Wimbledon 🇬🇧 Second Round Match Preview + Prediction
(14) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs 🇩🇪 Sabine Lisicki
The pick of the second round clashes at SW19 on Wednesday sees the fourteenth seeded Sam Stosur come up against former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki. Stosur has clearly been the more impressive player over the last couple of months but Lisicki is far more comfortable on a grass court and has a far greater record at Wimbledon compared to her Australian opponent.
Sam Stosur has a very well documented poor record at Wimbledon. The Australian number 1 has never advanced to the second week in London and has only ever reached the third round on three occasions from thirteen attempts. Stosur did make a reasonably strong start to her 2016 Wimbledon campaign on Monday where she recorded a fairly comfortable 7-5 6-3 victory over Magda Linette. Stosur was pretty dominant behind her own serve and will need to serve very well in her second round clash with Lisicki on Wednesday if she is to stand any chance against the big-serving German.
Sabine Lisicki always raises her level at the All England Club. The German’s game is built for grass and she clearly feels very comfortable on the surface. Lisicki has reached at least the quarter-final stage on five of her seven previous appearances at the event, an astonishing record for a player that has not reached the quarter-final stage of any other Grand Slam event. Lisicki made a powerful start to her 2016 Wimbledon campaign on Monday by recording a commanding 6-1 6-3 win over Shelby Rogers. Despite Sabine’s poor results in 2016 it seems like she is again posed for a deep run at this year’s event.
Sam Stosur holds a dominant 5-2 head-to-head record over Lisicki. However, the pair have not played in over two years and the German has actually won 2 of their last 3 matches. Interestingly, Stosur has won 2 of the 3 matches the pair have played on a grass court, but it was Lisicki who win their most recent match on a grass court, a 4-6 6-2 6-1 win at Wimbledon in 2013.
Lisicki must have the edge heading into this match given her far superior record on grass and more specifically at Wimbledon. Stosur may have the better form heading into this event but that counts for nothing given all of her big results in recent times were on a clay court. In theory this is a terrible match-up for Stosur on this particular surface as Lisicki has all of the weapons to hurt Stosur from the baseline. Furthermore, Stosur doesn’t have a good return of serve which can be exposed by Lisicki on this surface. Holding serve is very important on this surface and particularly in this match-up, Lisicki should be able to hold serve with greater ease and will therefore be on top.