Yet more heartbreak for Sabine Lisicki as she suffers ACL injury and faces ‘very tough and long road back’

Sabine Lisicki in action

Former world No 12 Sabine Lisicki’s latest comeback has ended in heartbreak after she suffered a serious injury during the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.

The former Wimbledon finalist and her British playing partner Jodie Burrage were playing in the first round of the WTA International event on Monday when she hurt her left knee.

The pair were forced to retire from the match and Lisicki later underwent an MRI scan and her worst fears have now been confirmed.

“Only forward from this moment on!” she wrote on Twitter.

“I had a MRI scan the same evening & unfortunately I had a torn ACL. I already had surgery & got all fixed up by the best doctors. It’s going to be a very tough & long road back but I’m luckily surrounded by the best medical team!

“Thank you so much for every single message of encouragement that I have received. You guys are the best! 🙏🏻”

The 31-year-old German has suffered a string of injuries since finishing runner-up to Marion Bartoli in the 2013 Wimbledon final, including a shoulder and wrist injuries.

She made a tentative comeback at the World Team Tennis event in July this year, but she has dropped to No 690 in the WTA Rankings.

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