BERLIN, GERMANY (JULY 8, 2013) (REUTERS) - Germany's newest tennis hero, Sabine Lisicki told journalists in her hometown of Berlin on Monday (July 8) that she would use the experience of reaching the Wimbledon final to help her win a Grand Slam.
The 23-year-old clearly found the occasion a difficult experience as she lost 6-1 6-4 to Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in a one-sided match on Saturday (July 6).
Back at home, she said she would use the experience positively after taking a few days off to recover.
"Of course I was sad because I really wanted to win, I have been working so hard for this but I gave it everything I could and the experience is worth a great deal for the future," she said.
But she was unable to produce consistently the booming serves and thumping forehands which took her to the final, making a string of costly unforced errors.
"One can improve in all areas but I think that winning against the world's number one, who was thought to be unbeatable especially on grass, she had only lost three matches in the last year, is really a very good performance (from me) and that really gives me a lot of confidence that I can really achieve a lot," she said..
The world number 18 said her main goal would now be to get into the top ten and reach further grand slam titles as soon as possible.
"I had two really great weeks and I hope that I get another chance to win such a tournament some time," Lisicki told Reuters TV after the news conference.
"You look from one match to the next and I just go out to fight and to win. I don't really think about what is happening and what moment we are in in the tournament. I just want to win and only afterwards do you start to realise it."
Lisicki said she would be leaving behind her tennis racquet during her days off, and hard training would resume at the beginning of next week.