Wimbledon 2014: Sabine Lisicki admits first-round nerves

Wimbledon 2014: Sabine Lisicki admits that she suffered from some pre-match nerves before win over Julia Glushko

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Sabine Lisicki is through to second round at SW19 Photo: Marianne Bevis

Sabine Lisicki admits that she suffered from some pre-match nerves before she got her Wimbledon campaign off to a solid start with a straight-sets victory over Julia Glushko.

Following the retirement of the 2013 champion Marion Bartoli, Lisicki opened play on Centre Court on Tuesday against her Israeli opponent.

The 24-year-old German was beaten by Bartoli in last year’s final and conceded that she felt nervous before wrapping up a 6-2 6-1 win in style at the All England Club.

“Well, I was quite nervous,” said Lisicki.

“I played my first Grand Slam final last year and I’m returning to the court where I played it on. That’s normal that there are some nerves involved.

“It’s just a place that means so much to me. I love that court so much. It definitely helped me. The crowd, as well, helped me to settle very quickly.”

She added: “I don’t know what it is, but I guess because it’s such a special place to me, it always has been.

“Since I was growing up, it just always gets every inch out of me, every energy, it just gets the best out of me. I think it does something magical to me when I come back here.”

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