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Lisicki rejects eye-catching dress


Dressed for comfort: Sabine Lisicki

Dressed for comfort: Sabine Lisicki


Dressed for comfort: Sabine Lisicki

Former finalist Sabine Lisicki turned down the chance to wear the short dress that has caused a Wimbledon stir because she wanted to protect her modesty.

The German has a clothing deal with Nike but chose not to don the sportswear firm's Premier Slam dress for her first-round match yesterday.

She wore a skirt and shirt, while the likes of Donna Vekic and Lucie Safarova attracted attention for sporting the kit that has divided opinions.

Lisicki was asked whether she did not like the Premier Slam kit, or whether she felt uncomfortable in it, and confirmed she had tried it on.

But she said: "I didn't feel comfortable showing that much."

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is another due to wear the eye-catching dress.

When Lisicki was asked why she made her choice to go with the more classic kit, she said: "Because I felt comfortable in it. For me, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and not to think about anything, and with this I feel great.

"I like it. I think it looks good," she added.

Venus Williams battled into the Wimbledon second round as the five-time champion beat Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/3), 6-4.

Williams, 36, is the oldest woman in the main draw of this year's tournament and first won Wimbledon in 2000 when Vekic was just four.

Belfast Telegraph