LONDON (AP) — A year after her loss to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon final, Sabine Lisicki was reunited with her victor at Centre Court on Tuesday under far different circumstances.
This time, Lisicki came away a winner.
Bartoli retired after winning the Wimbledon singles title in 2013. In her absence this year, Lisicki was asked to play the opening women's match on Centre Court, and as part of a tribute to the late British player Elena Baltacha.
Bartoli and Lisicki exchanged smiles in a ceremony at the net before the German needed less than an hour to beat No.79 Julia Glushko 6-2, 6-1 in a first-round match.
"I was quite nervous," Lisicki said after being asked how she felt walking back on the court where she lost 6-1, 6-4 last year to Bartoli.
"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 such a special place for me."
Lisicki ended defending champion and top-seeded Serena Williams' 34-match winning streak in the fourth round last year and also eliminated Francesca Schiavone, Sam Stosur and Agnieszka Radwanska.