Week two opened up at Wimbledon with another major upset. Last Monday it was French Open Rafael Nadal who was bounced in the first round. Today it was Serena Williams’s turn to take the tumble falling to grass queen Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon fourth round.
And the 23-year-old Lisicki has incredibly beaten the French Open champion now the last four times she’s played Wimbledon!
“I went out on the court to win the match,” Lisicki said. “That’s my goal. That’s what I do every time I go out on the court. Of course it gave me a little more energy knowing she won the French Open and I’ve beaten the French Open champion three times in a row in my last three appearances.
“It was a good omen. They always happen to be on the side of the draw I’m on.”
Lisicki is in her third Wimbledon quarterfinals having been a semifinalist just two years ago in 2011. But the German was in serious trouble against Serena, losing at one stretch nine straight games to go down 3-0 in the third set. But that’s when she fought back.
“I was very unlucky to be 3-0 down,” Lisicki said. “I think it was the second game of the third set when I was up 40-15. She had two net cords in a row. Then again when she served, they called it out late after a good shot of mine. But I was just fighting for every single point no matter what was happening. I’m just so glad that I could pull off the win today.”
Serena, who entered the match on a 34 match win streak and who dominated the last two major grass events at the Olympics and Wimbledon last year, struggled early and late in the match.
“I didn’t play the big points well enough,” Williams said. “I definitely feel like I could have gone for it a little more on some of the shots. I didn’t do what I do best. I think I had a little hesitation today.
“But Sabine played really well, as well. She always plays really well at Wimbledon. And she’s always on against big players and on big courts. It was just another one of those moments. So I knew going in it would be a tough match. But, you know, there’s definitely huge room for improvement for me.”
Serena seeking a 6th Wimbledon title and 17th overall Slam, which would have tied Roger Federer.
The dismissal of the top ranked Williams leaves No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska as the highest seed left in the women’s draw.
Lisicki faces Kaia Kanepi tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
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