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Sabine Lisicki cries foul after loss to Alison Riske in Birmingham

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Sabine Lisicki (right) complains to the umpire and a rules official during her match with USA’s Alison Riske. (Andrew Boyers/ZUMAPRESS.com)

BIRMINGHAM, England — Sabine Lisicki’s Wimbledon warm-up ended abruptly and controversially on Saturday with a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 loss to 22-year-old American qualifier Alison Riske in the Birmingham quarterfinals.

The match spanned two days after rain delays forced it to be called for light on Friday night with the pair tied at 2-2 in the third set.

With Lisicki serving at 4-5, 15-love, Riske hit what she thought was a clear winner and shouted, “Come on!” before Lisicki’s racket touched the ball. Lisicki appealed to the chair umpire for a hindrance call, which would have given her the point for 30-love, but to no avail.

Incensed by the non-call, the 26th-ranked German demanded to speak to the tournament supervisor. Lisicki made her case unsuccessfully. When play resumed after the delay, Riske broke Lisicki to win the match.

Lisicki returned to the locker room and immediately tweeted her displeasure about the umpire’s decision.

“She said, ‘Come on’ before I hit the ball,” Lisicki said after the match. “You’re not supposed to do that. It shouldn’t have been her point.”

Lisicki referenced the infamous hindrance call issued against Serena Williams at the 2011 U.S. Open against Sam Stosur, Williams was given a point penalty for yelling out before Stosur was able to get her racket on the ball.

“You have rules to keep them, right?” Lisicki said. “I still had a play on it.”

Lisicki harbored no ill will toward Riske and made clear she didn’t think there was any cheating or gamesmanship involved from the American.

Riske’s run to her second WTA semifinal ended at the hands of Daniela Hantuchova, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. It had been another great week for Riske, ranked No. 167, who has an uncanny knack of playing her best in Birmingham. All 11 of her WTA main-draw wins have come in Birmingham, a fact that befuddles her as much as anyone else.

“I don’t know,” she said after the loss. “I honestly don’t really know. I just enjoy playing here.

“I’m just really comfortable here. I feel at home, in England in general. It’s just a really low-key atmosphere and everything’s run well.”

  • Published On Jun 15, 2013
  • 21 comments
    TW1
    TW1

    Note to Sabine: WIN something, then you can complain dear. You are always hurt or crying or BOTH on the court. PLEASE pick one and stick with it. Cry or stay hurt. Oh yeah, do some actual WINNING too while you're at it.

    MCB
    MCB

    It's amazing that players like Graf, Evert and Navrotilova managed to win armfuls of majors without screaming "come on!" after each point they win.

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    Please, Lisiki, Americans giving an 'hindrance call' against an African American, IS HISTORICALLY 'FINE'! lol

    Riske is not even African America; so your appeal was going to be pointless from the git go.  lol


    The bigots at the USO wanted Serena to lose so badly; they even deliberately scheduled Serena's semi-finals match to finish WAY AFTER MIDNIGHT; and then they held the finals before Serena had rest & recover.  In other words, the USO finals was a GIFT to the white Stosur, and the usual racist GUTTING of an African American.

    Please also notice the HISTORICALLY HEFTY fine meted out to Serena at USO?

    I have seen competitor draw blood, and get off with a relatively nothing rebuke.

    And there are other bad calls against Serena at the racist US Open.   As comedian Dave Chappelle might say, "White power!"  lol


    So little Lisciki, you have a lot to learn about the 'politics' involved in sports:  There is not 'one rule fits all'; not when African-European is involved.  Serena's deliberately bad call was not a precedent for white on white competitors.  You lost.  lol

    Party_Gator
    Party_Gator

    If only we readers could see some video of this incident...

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    serena, yells come on and she gets charged with a hindrance call and point penalty U.S. OPEN 2011. hmmmmmmmmmmm?????

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @MCB tis true! in addition to serena saying come, so does screamapova and vikashrieker. so, your point is?

    spystud
    spystud

    @MusikaVanhuPlease, take your whiny racist rant elsewhere.  You think the time of the women's final was just haphazardly chosen for the US Open?  Like they waited until Serena's semi was over & just then decided to play the next day @ 3:30 (or whatever the actual time was), TV network schedule & thousands of fans be damned?  And I guess it was their fault how long the matches before her semi lasted too.  You're an idiot, just keep screaming racism at all costs.  


    Sam absolutely worked her that day, period. 

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @cleopatra209 @MCB You forgot to mention the noisy Monica Seles, who owned Graf until Graf's countryman literally 'cut out the competition' with a knife; and so allow Graf to amass all those blood-soaked trophies that rightly belonged to Seles.

    spystud
    spystud

    The point is those three legends didn't need any of those tactics to win. Is that simple enough for you?

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @spystud @MusikaVanhu little one, you are making my point; the SEMI-FINALS wasn't 'haphazardly chosen'; it was DELIBERATELY CHOSEN for a way pass midnight finish!

    There was more than enough time to play that semi-finals earlier, so that the player could have enough of  rest and recovery for a Slam Final the next day.


    If your Sam could 'work' a lesser player on a regular basis, then you could have a tiny point.

    Only thing your Sam might be able to 'work' is the "period" you mentioned; because we don't think he has period.

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @spystud let's not get nasty stud. it doesn't matter if they did not do it, back in the day. the players are doing it now. so what is your point, stud?

    spystud
    spystud

    You are a clueless idiot.  First of all, Ashe was the ONLY court in question for Serena's match that day.  She's never being moved in the semi in NYC.  With the weather delays, long men's matches, & having to clear out the day session fans for the night session took the start time well past the original slot.  This isn't about Wimbledon, you fool, this is about a specific day that you keep blaming on racism. 

    And how exactly is your gay bashing of Sam any different than all of your worthless racism claims?  You rail against one form of bigotry, but completely accept another?  Makes perfect sense for the uneducated & uninformed. 

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @testmaterials12 @MusikaVanhu @spystud  Good observations.

    Gifting Stosur that USO title and that record fine for ANY tennis player, are two of the most infamous acts of racist treachery against Serena at the US Open, or anywhere else on the tour for that matter.

    I wouldn't be surprised if such racist treatments don't figure prominently in Serena's hiding out in Paris.

    testmaterials12
    testmaterials12

    @MusikaVanhu @spystud MusikaV...great point about Serena being scheduled so late for her semis. But honestly, the US Open has always done things to try and hinder Serena's success. In 2004 the officials outright CHEATED Serena but fined her when she went off for another tennis official cheating her again with a bogus footfault. I honestly wished somebody would have shoved something down that lady's throat b/c she was smirking and thinking what she was doing was funny the entire time. 

    So now, Sabine is not given the point after Sam was given the point for Serena screaming "come on" before the opponent hit the ball. This further supports the notion that you have to cheat Serena to beat her b/c I've seen all too many times that the officials will make sure they pull out the rule books on Serena but will let someone else slide by. Sad. But at the end of the day, Serena is STILL winning so ignore the crap out of spystud's retarded rants.

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @spystud Don't know about where you come from or how you were SPAWNED; but where I come from, if you claim/imply that you are 'mating' a female, sorry, you 'is' a male or a male-imposter?

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @spystud @MusikaVanhu Why would you even put the men's schedule with the men's?  No wonder you seem to take offense at the earlier comment about Samuel Stosur.  lol


    I haven't the time to verify your so-called "FACTS"; and I'm certainly take the word of your kind for it; because lying & deception are your first nature.

    However, even if you were correct, you are STILL missing the fact that the Serena-Wosniacki match COULD HAVE BEEN PLAYED MUCH MUCH EARLIER!  THE COURT(S) WERE NOT IN USE!  In this way, Samuel would not have had such a HUGE REST & RECOVERY ADVANTAGE!

    I have seen at Wimbledon where players are consulted about rest & recovery if they have matches that are close and does not allow adequate turn around time.

    If a white American was playing the FOREIGNER, Wozniacki, I will bet you apples to donuts, that the scheduled would have been adjusted; because SCHEDULES ARE NOT MAKE IN STONE!

    Go read some American history on race; and get a freaking clue!

    Loving lies, hating the truth and can't handle the truth will not get you very far in this life!

    spystud
    spystud

    And keep with the man comments, it really improves your credibility.  Makes you sound extremely intelligent. 

    spystud
    spystud

    @MusikaVanhu @spystudAnd here's the OOP for you that day, since you seem to think it was such a big conspiracy.  

    Men’s Singles Semifinals (Session #24) Saturday, Sept. 10 – 12 p.m. ET
    Women’s Singles Semifinals (Session #23) Saturday, Sept. 10 – 7 p.m. ET 


    Djokovic/Federer was 3 hours, 51 minutes (NOT including over a half hour rain delay).  Murray/Nadal was 3 hours, 24 minutes.  


    So please explain to me how it was the organizers' fault to have a rain delay, & have two men's matches take well over 7 hours?  Those racist schedule makers obviously should have moved the #1 American to Court 17 or something so precious little Serena could get her much needed rest before the final the next day. 


    Cry me a freaking river, but don't let the actual FACTS of the day in question get in your way. 

    MusikaVanhu
    MusikaVanhu

    @spystud @MusikaVanhu If you happen to pay attention to the semi-finals of the just-finished French Open, you would have noticed that ALL the semi-finals were held around the same time, which LESSEN advantage of rest and recovery of players in the finals.

    Stosur was allowed FULL REST, while Serena wasn't allowed adequate rest and recovery!

    I remembered that night oh so vividly; because I was wondering why are they delaying the match when the court(s) were not in use.

    But then I remember who is running the show -- white supremacist at the USO.

    It would make good business sense to ensure that your 'product' (the players) is in the best shape to perform at their best especially in a final; but bigotry is priority for the white supremacist at USO.

    Stosur WAS GIFTED that USO title!

    This is a guy that couldn't win sh!t without big assist from the bigots at USO!  Look up his record; it's practically worthless!

    spystud
    spystud

    @MusikaVanhu @spystudI said the FINAL time wasn't haphazardly chosen.  Can you read?  


    And very mature with the shot at Sam, congrats.