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Lisicki triumphs in Texas

2011-08-28 12:37

Dallas - Wimbledon semi-finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany captured the inaugural WTA Texas Open on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over French qualifier Aravane Rezai in the championship match.

The $220,000 hardcourt event was a tuneup for the US Open, which begins on Monday in New York.

Lisicki, the fifth seed who is ranked 23rd in the world, rolled through the tournament without losing a set.

Rezai, ranked 116th in the world, had split two prior meetings with Lisicki but could win only six points off the German's serve in the 49-minute match, never managing to force a break point against the champion.

Big-serving Lisicki became only the second wild-card in Wimbledon history to reach the semi-finals, where she lost to Russian Maria Sharapova in June. Lisicki also made a run to the 2009 Wimbledon quarter-finals.

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