CHARLESTON - German 16th seed Sabine Lisicki clinched her first career title on Sunday with her big serve and high-tempo game giving her a 6-26-4 win over Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the Family Circle cup.
Lisicki had knocked out Venus Williams in the third round and the 19-year-old proved it was no fluke with a deserved victory in the $1 million tournament over her 18-year-old opponent who had taken the Ponte Vedra Beach claycourt trophy last weekend.
The German had lost her only previous final, in Tashkent last year, and she showed some signs of nerves on Sunday, needing six match points before she could celebrate victory.
"I wasn't moving well today like I have been in other tournaments, but Sabine was playing really well, attacking and not making a lot of errors," said Wozniacki, who needed nearly three hours to defeat top-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva in the semifinals.
"Sabine played really well. Congratulations to her."
After beating Williams with an impressive display of big serves and bigger groundstrokes, Lisicki encountered little resistance in her next two matches. She beat Elena Vesnina in the quarters and sixth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France in the semis.
Lisicki's booming serve was in evidence again on Sunday, when she notched eight aces against Wozniacki.
She is expected to move up to 47 from her current spot of 63 in the WTA rankings. - Sapa-AFP