Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki hopes some soft toys in her kit bag will bring her the luck she needs to claim the ladies’ title.
The German fulfilled a childhood dream when she made it through to today’s deciding clash just three years after she feared her career could be over.
She now hopes the toy animals given to her by friends will act as “lucky charms” during the crunch match against French player Marion Bartoli.
Lisicki, nicknamed Boom Boom Bina on account of her strong playing style, found herself under the spotlight earlier this week when she brought about Serena William’s shock exit from the Championships.
She will step on to the All England Club’s main show court with headphones on, listening to David Guetta’s Play Hard.
“My lucky charms are always in my bag, so they’ll stay there,” she added.
Lisicki, who hails from Troisdorf, a small town in western Germany, earlier told how she dreamed of starring at Wimbledon as a girl.
“The first time I came to Wimbledon I fell in love with it,” she said.
“It was the place I always wanted to play at.
“It was always a dream to play on the Centre Court and win the tournament.”
But a serious ankle injury incurred in 2010 nearly put paid to those ambitions and Lisicki had to rely on help from her physiotherapist to enable her to walk again.
“I always believed I could come back, no matter what happened,” she said.
She added: “The first question I asked (the physiotherapist) was, ‘when can I play again?’.
“That period made me a much stronger person and player.
“I know anything is possible after learning how to walk again.”
Lisicki dropped to below the 200 mark in the rankings after her time on the sidelines, but she made a surprising run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon two years ago and this year she has gone one better.