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Question: How excited are you to return to Wimbledon twice, once for the tournament and then for the Olympics?

Lisicki: Oh very, I am so much looking forward to grass and I hope the weather will stay good so we can actually play. I love playing on grass, unfortunately I have had only 15 hours on the court this week (in Birmingham) but it felt so good. It is a great thing that the Olympics will be played on grass.

Question: Grass can be an unforgiving surface, how is the ankle?

Lisicki: It good. The ankle is fine and that's the main think. I think it is so important, I didn't play so well in the last couple of matches but I feel I am improving with each match. The most important thing for me is to stay healthy and to continue improving. I am a strong believer in hard work and it will eventually pay off.

Question: What is it about grass that brings out the best in you?

Lisicki: I used to hate it, the first time I went there (Wimbledon) I actually think I lost 5 straight matches on grass plus one doubles, and then I turned it around in 2009 where I went to the quarter-finals. I have a string grass allergy, so there was a lot against it, but at some point I just turned it around. I just love it now, it plays differently, it's quicker obviously which is good for my service, which is one of my weapons.

Question: If you had the chance to win one tournament would it be Wimbledon?

Lisicki: Yes.

Question: Are you going to be giving us an appearance at the Wimbledon Ball this year in another stunning gown?

Maybe, I hope so, that's the goal right?

Question: Doing the photo shoot for "Blonde" magazine was an exciting departure and slightly different, how did that come about?

Lisicki: Well it was in cooperation with Nike and it was another shoot which just so much fun. Different and I love shoots and to get the opportunity to get to do something off court is just a nice part of being a tennis player and I am just grateful to have those opportunities.

Question: How important is the sponsorship of Longines?

You know they have great watches (laughs) I'm German and I think that Germans are very well known for being on time which is very important to me and I always wear a watch  so it just nice to have beautiful watches like Longines and be able to wear them.

Question: If you could give some advice to the Longines Future Tennis Aces what would it be?

Lisicki: To have fun, that was always the main thing for me. When I started no-one ever pressured me and I always enjoyed the game; work hard and stay the same person you are.

Question: Is it difficult to keep the game fun with all the travelling, which might be quite tough?

Lisicki: The travelling is not the bad part, I hate packing and unpacking (laughs), everything else is fun.

Question: You work with your father, does it help with the psychological aspects of sport which are so  important these days?

Lisicki: It does yes, I think it is one of the biggest keys to have the confidence and believe in yourself and that's sometime hard when you come back from an injury.

Sabine will be playing an exhibition match with Steffi Graf and the two finalists in the Longines Future Tennis Aces, Destanee Aiava (Australia) and Haruna Arakawa (Japan), on Finals Saturday at Roland Garros.

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