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Serena Williams Bounced From Wimbledon

July 1, 2013

Bill Scott, dpa

Serena Williams

Germany's Sabine Lisicki produced another huge shock at the Wimbledon Championships on Monday by knocking out top seed and heavy favourite Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round.

The number 24 winner, who has twice played semi-finals at the All England Club, added the American to a Wimbledon victim's list of former French Open champions after defeating ex-Roland Garros winners Svetlana Kuznetsova, Li Na and Maria Sharapova.

The event lost Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the first week, along with Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka on the women's side.

Lisicki fell to her face on the grass in disbelief as the artfully sent a forehand return deep into a corner that Williams could not reach.

The winner stormed through the opening set, was rolled in the second by Williams and battled back from a break in the third after trailing 3-1. Williams saved a match point in the final game but otherwise had little to offer as Lisicki ran her ragged in just over two hours.

"I'm so happy, this is just unbelievable," 23-year-old Lisicki said of her 17th Wimbledon victory. "Serena played fantastic, but it's just an amazing feeling to win this match.

"Centre is such a special court for me. I was doing my best and fighting for every point. I had to give everything I had."

Williams admitted she was out-played, but added: "It's not a shock. She plays really good on grass. She has a massive, massive serve. You have to know that it's definitely not going to be an easy match playing her at Wimbledon, especially on Centre Court.

"I had an extremely tough draw today. She's a great grass court player."

Elsewhere in the fourth round, sixth-seeded Li Na beat Italian 11th seed Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-0.

2011 winner and eighth seed Petra Kvitova found her grass rhythm in a defeat of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

"I was pretty nervous today, I know I had quite a good chance to beat her and to be in the quarter-final," said the Czech. "I didn't play my best, especially in the first set. But it's important to win the last point - and I did.

"Now I have to be focusing on tomorrow," she said of her quarter-final with Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 winner over Italy's Flavia Pennetta.

British hopes took a hit as crowd darling Laura Robson lost to Estonian Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (8-6), 7-5. French 15th seed Marion Bartoli advanced over Italian Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-3, while Sloane Stephens kept an American in the mix by defeating Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

In the men's draw, Spain's fourth seed David Ferrer, playing with an injured ankle that required another pre-match injection, staged a comeback over Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-1.

Compatriot Fernando Verdasco joined him with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Kenny De Schepper of France.

A pair of Poles stood tall after reaching the last eight.

Jerzy Janowicz held off Austrian Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Lukasz Kubot beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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