Serena Williams Upset at Wimbledon; Tuesday Preview
by Staff | July 1st, 2013, 10:02 pm
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World No. 1 Serena Williams, thought unstoppable at this year’s Wimbledon, joined the large number of upset statistics Monday when she was improbably excused from the All England Club 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 by No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki.


Cloaking herself in a calm yet angry demeanor after losing the first set, the world No. 1 won nine of the next 10 games before Lisicki upped her game trailing 0-3 in the third, and Serena became a little more defensive. Lisicki closed it out on her second match point to end the American’s 34-match winning streak in 2013.

“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.”

Serena rued getting conservative in the third set rather than finishing the match up 3-0.

“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.”

Top 10 winners through to the quarterfinals Monday were No. 4 Aggie Radwanska coming from a set down to beat grasscourt specialist Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; No. 6 Li Na strumming No. 11 Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-0; and No. 8 Petra Kvitova handling No. 19-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(5), 6-3.

Radwanska and Na, the highest seeded players left in the draw, will next meet each other.

“Before the match my husband was trying to hit a lot of slice to me,” Li said after her blowout of Vinci. “It’s just totally different. I wasn’t feeling very good. And I knew the match would be tough today because I knew how good her slice would be on grass. But I was surprised how I was hitting the ball today — it was totally different than my last match. Last match I was so tired; today went really well on the court.”

The former champ Kvitova will next meet Flipkens.

“I lost to her the last time we played in Miami, so I hope I can play better tennis than I did in that match,” Kvitova said. “We’ve never played on grass, which will be quite difficult against her, as she’s playing quite well. Otherwise she wouldn’t be in the quarterfinals. I have to be prepared for it.”

Other seeded winners into the quarters were No. 15 Marion Bartoli who routed unseeded Italian Karin Knapp 6-2, 6-3; No. 17 Sloane Stephens who became the last American standing when she ground down unseeded Puerto Rican Monica Puig 4-6, 7-5, 6-1; and No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium who defeated unseeded Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta 7-6(2), 6-3.

“Monica was playing really well,” Stephens said. “She was going for all of her shots. It’s tough when you’re playing someone who is just going for everything. It’s kind of hard to get into a rhythm. But I just hung in there and tried to do my best. Once I got my opportunity in the third set, I just went for it…I’m just really learning how to compete better out there.”

The lone unseeded player into the quarters Monday was Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who ended British women’s hopes with a 7-6(6), 7-5 victory over Laura Robson.

Kanepi will next meet Lisicki.

“I think my serve and attacking game are working well for me, which is important on grass, and I feel comfortable on the return too,” Kanepi said. “If I’m playing well and I’m on a roll, I enjoy the surface but overall I have to say it’s my third favorite after clay and hardcourts.”

Among the Top 8 seeds in action on the men’s side Monday, all prevailed over lower or unseeded players as No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a relatively easy time with No. 13 Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4); No. 2 Andy Murray handled No. 20 Mikhail Youzhny in straights 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-1; No. 4 David Ferrer came from a set down to break the will of unseeded Ivan Dodig 6-7(3) 7-6(6), 6-1, 6-1; No. 7 Tomas Berdych powered past unseeded Bernard Tomic 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4, and No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro rolled past No. 23 Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-3.

The No. 1 Djokovic will next meet Berdych.

“I lost to him the only time we played on grass back in 2010,” Djokovic said. “I think that I am playing really, really good tennis at this moment. Maybe even better than 2011, when I won this tournament. I am confident on the court and trying to maintain this level. I hope I will succeed.”

Del Potro continues to navigate the draw despite knee and ankle problems.

“My knee is almost fine,” Delpo said. “Two days ago, I twisted my ankle and hyper-extended my knee, but I’ve been icing it and relaxing and the doctors are helping me to recover…The ankle is good and the knee is not good. But I’m allowed to play. It still bothers me in the left outside of the knee. But the doctor says it�s nothing too dangerous, and that’s positive. I couldn’t extend the knee 100 percent. And the tapes for today helped me to be careful in some movements. But it is not enough. I have one day and a half until my next match, and I will do all the treatments to see if I can be better.”

A Polish man will reach the semifinals at a Grand Slam for the first time ever as No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz and unseeded Lukas Kubot both advanced Monday, and will meet each other in the quarterfinals.

Janowicz defeated Austrian Jurgen Melzer in five sets 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Kubot likewise outlasted Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in five 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Another unseeded player into the quarters was Spaniard Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, who defeated Dutchman “They Killed” Kenny de Schepper 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Murray will next have to deal with Hot Sauce.

“Verdasco is a very, very good tennis player,” Murray said. “He’s extremely dangerous when he’s on his game. I haven’t played a left-hander the whole year, which I think is pretty amazing six months into the year. So I’ll try and get a lefty in to serve at me tomorrow.”

Scheduled for Tuesday at Wimbledon are (4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (6) Na Li, (8) Petra Kvitova vs. (20) Kirsten Flipkens, (23) Sabine Lisicki vs. Kaia Kanepi, and (17) Sloane Stephens vs. (15) Marion Bartoli.

 


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63 Comments for Serena Williams Upset at Wimbledon; Tuesday Preview

roy Says:

when somebody can match or come close to matching serena’s serve, suddenly williams isn’t so unbeatable.

that’s because the rest of her game isn’t anything special in this day and age. plenty of girls can hit with her and many have better technique and footwork. but plenty of girls have atrocious serves which ends up being too much of a handicap in the match-up.
some of them, like jankovic, have still had success despite having incredibly bad serves, which is telling.

justine had a great serve and it’s no surprise she split wins with serena.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Big Lady has enough time to squeeze in an extra boyfriend between now and the US Open.

Mailmen, door knobs, staplers…you are all welcome to apply. Serena treats everyone with respect. Just ask her 1243 old boyfriends.


Michael Says:

The most interesting match in the quarters will be between Andy Vs Verdasco. It is sometime since I have seen Verdasco play his best Tennis. He is doing that here at Wimbledon and is predictably dangerous. Andy will have his hands full against him. I expect a cliff hanger whichever way it goes. As regards Novak Vs Berdych, I would pick Novak since he is slowing settling into his grove and has discovered the confidence to pull along. The dark horse in this tournament would be obviously Jankovicz who has the potential to create a huge upset and he is still lingering on with his fire power. So, it is going to be a very interesting Tuesday. Only if Roger and Rafa had still floated in the tournament, how interesting that would be ??


Michael Says:

Well, it is not surprising that Serena got beaten. She is over 32 and past her prime. What she is doing at her age is remarkable and phenomenal. Obviously she can’t win them all and there will be let up now and then. This was the day when she got upset by Lisicki who is a dangerous player on Grass if her serves got clicking. Serena had an average day on Court and Lisicki took advantage of it and all credit to her.


James Says:

Fernando Verdasco is playing very well this Wimbledon. Still don’t see him beating Murray. Thought he was very impressive in his last match. Andy’s playing the final. Should win too based on his form.
Watched Nole against Haas too but I Murray’s was more impressive imo.


James Says:

*think


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James agree Murray dug deep when Mikhail raised his level,its also great seeing Vernando playing great again,if he plays the way he did at the AO in 2009,we could have a cracker of a match.


James Says:

@hippy chic, this was the first time I was watching Murray play in the tournament. I knew he was playing well but he surprised me with how good he was playing. Before watching this match against Mikhail, I thought Nole was the most impressive of the lot left in tourney. Then I watched Nole vs Haas match to compare Murray’s performance with Nole’s. Murray imo was more impressive. But then Nole says he’s playing very well perhaps even better than in 2011. So let’s see.
Verdasco will put up a good fight against Andy. This will be a good tennis game between the two.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Sir Terry Wogan watching the Radwanska/Li Na match,very high quality match,niether giving much away so far,both look very good.


Polo Says:

Verdasco always had the game to beat anyone. He just does not have the mind to harness them all for the duration of a match, let alone a long and tight 5-set match. Did he suddenly fix that problem at this Wimbledon?


grendel Says:

On the first of many set points, Li Na steered a volley carefully to the corner. Would have been enough to beat most players, but not Radwanska, who hooked it enticingly just over the net. Li Na managed a reasonable half-volley, but there was time for Radwanska to come scampering up and put it away.

Evidence yet again that if you have a volley no good treating it like a dubious pill – got to deal aggressively with it. But of course, radwanska weaves such a net of intrigue over her opponent, she can’t think straight.

This has been a great match, with both players on top of their form. Li should be a set ahead – probably had an ace as well on another set point – but it’s anyone’s game.


grendel Says:

Radwanska takes set after topsy-turvy tie-break. In the end, patience and guile defeats aggression – so far, anyway. Li Na is playing well, driving Radwanska back again and again. But the clever Pole sometimes has an answer – it’s about 50-50. That bh cross court of Li Na’s is something special, either the best in the womens game or right up there.

Personally, I think Li Na is the better player today, but you need more than just tennis skills to defeat Radwanska.

Agree, x hippy chic – high quality encounter.


the DA Says:

I’m really enjoying this match. It must be so frustrating to play Radwanska – she never goes away. Li Na really should’ve taken that first set.


metan Says:

Li Na had missed out 4 set points in tie break.

Come on girl, focus and fight back!!


Margot Says:

Love Radwanska, her anticipation of where the ball’s gonna go and her movement are second to none.
Agree with u guys though, Li Na played much better for most of that first set. I thought the only way she will lose it, is if she defeats herself and lo and behold….
Either could still win though, intriguing match.


jane Says:

Very good match indeed. Li Na with a break back. Radwanska has such great defence but I would like to see her dictate a bit more.

The wind has played a bit of a role.


the DA Says:

Li Na breaks back. She’s coming in more than usual and it’s working. Must have been a Rodriguez tactic. I think it’s the only way she’ll have a chance.


the DA Says:

Li Net.


Polo Says:

Li Na should win this. She is playing so much better than Radwanska. The first set should have been hers.


the DA Says:

Into a third we go.


jane Says:

The match is level now. Li Na with momentum?


metan Says:

Awesome Li Na!!! Gooooo set 3.


grendel Says:

just when you thought it was all over, Li Na breaks back. In previous game, Li had easy smash which she directed straight at radwanska, who was waiting for it and put it away with ease. What a muggins, this was not first time, and judging by way Li berated herself, she knew it all too well. Next game, Li twice had pretty difficult overheads to deal with and glory glory be, each time Radwanska stood her ground and each time Li crashed the ball in other direction. She earned that break for 4-4.

This 2nd set not such quality as 1st. Since I have been on pause button, match may be over for all I know, so I’m not going to look at any commnents – althpo people on this site don’t seem to bother much with womens tennis.


the DA Says:

A journalist just tweeted that Li Na has gone to net 50 times in this match. I think this is key. She needs to keep that up. Having said that, Aggie is having a MTO which might impact the 3rd. Pity.


the DA Says:

Hah..I love the fact that Li Na has taken out notes to read during the MTO. Just to remind herself of the strategy perhaps?


the DA Says:

Oh Na…no, no, no. Maybe that MTO was tactical, to take away the momentum?


grendel Says:

Li Na holds for 5-4 after long difficult game, aided by 2 net chords (3 strictly speaking, but 3rd slowed down a winner, so didn’t count).On first net chord, Li apologizes, Rad just kicks the ball in disgust. On 2nd, again Li apologizes whilst Rad looks as if she’d like to consign her to the flames of hell. Li turns round, and slowly, a huge smile starts to form on her face…..


jane Says:

Grrr rain.


grendel Says:

Shocking service game by Rad gives Li the set. Strange, Li the better player in 1st set and Rad wins. Rad by some way the better player in 2nd set – and Li wins. Says something about the scoring system, doesn’t it – it is both forgiving and unforgiving.

Li is good front runner, so I would tend to go with her. But lets see. I’m about 20 minutes behind, so no doubt everyone else knows by now.


the DA Says:

Rain delay. Maybe this will help Li Na regroup.


Cena Says:

Sabine said, “everybody’s human” and she is so correct b/c it sure showed in the way Serena played. Lisicki played extremely well, and Serena appeared to be mentally somewhere else. Maybe all the recent gossip got to Serena; she seemed preoccupied. Lesson learned: stick to talking only tennis. Oh, well, come on Sloane!!


grendel Says:

yes, rain. Li doesn’t seem to know about hawkeye – she was denied first point in game she was broken, might have made the difference. Not first time.
Li serving at 40-15, trust her to put in 2 doubles. Another thing about Li, it’s surprising how often she takes a ball to volley when it’s in the tramlines. Doesn’t matter if she wins pt, of course..

If Li is on top of her game, she beats Radwanska. But that means haunting the lines over a long period, very difficult to do. Intriguing match between these two.


grendel Says:

Djokovic relaxed in interview with Sue Barker in BBC studio. Looks a little sheepish when the end of the Haas match is shown and Djokovic does his “I have won act”.

“as you can see,” he remarks, “I was a little emotional..” (or words to that effect).


the DA Says:

6 MPs have come and gone!


jane Says:

8th MP Aggy gets it! Very much thought Li Na would’ve stolen the momentum with the second set, but nope, Radawanska ran with it for most of the final set. The last 2 games were great though. Fun stuff.

Lisicki/Radwanska should be good, too. They are 1-1 H2H both matches on hard, with Aggy crushing Sabine in their last match at Dubai in 2012.


the DA Says:

I was hoping for a twist at the end but credit to Aggy (when did she get so tough?). Love her but this time I’ll be rooting for Sabine.


Margot Says:

Excellent, intriguing match. Swung one way, then the other. Li Na’s aggressive play couldn’t get through Radwanska’s defence in the end. One commentator remarked Rad seems to know where Li’s gonna put the ball before Li does!
Radwanska looked done in at the end. Don’t know how she’ll cope against sabine


Johny Says:

Like i predicted… Go Go RAdwanska!


jane Says:

Kvitova! Sheesh. Flipkens is serving for the match. I don’t know why Petra can’t seem to capitalize on the promise she showed a couple of years ago. It’s disappointing. Maybe she will break back but, sigh.


jane Says:

Hoping the winner of the Aggy/Sabine semifinal wins the title now.


the DA Says:

The new Wimbledon champ will be either Bartoli, Radwanska, Flipkens or Lisicki. #wimbleweird


Margot Says:

Just watched Flipkens, never seen her play b4 but was soooo impressed.
Such an intelligent stunning performance.
Well done!
Think she’l beat Bartoli too.


Margot Says:

Gosh DA, you gotta crystal ball or somefink? ….;)
Come off the fence, whose you pick?


Giles Says:

Come on Marion!


the DA Says:

@margot – I’m rooting for Lisicki. Go Sabine!!


the DA Says:

BTW Margot, that was a bit cheeky of you ;) I was just writing it out because unless you see those names spelled out one would think it was some weird dream.


jane Says:

I love the fact that none of them have won a slam. New champion to follow!


Bada Bing Says:

Djokovic relaxed in interview with Sue Barker in BBC studio

Grendel
Do you have a video link to that interview?
Thanks


grendel Says:

Kvitova was ill, and dead out on her legs. That shouldn’t detract from Flipken’s performance, though. Like Margot, I’d never seen her before and like Margot thought this was very intelligent, cool performance. She’s quite a character.


grendel Says:

Bada Bing – no, sorry. But if you have access to BBCi player, it might be retrievable. It was a relaxed, friendly sort of interview.


grendel Says:

chances of rain tomorrow afternoon at Wimbledon are 20%. could be a lot worse.


Margot Says:

Just a-teasin’ you Da…and you must admit we do have more than our fair share of Mystic Meg’s on here..
As Jane said, all the more exciting cos not one has won a slam. Whoever does it I shall be pleased.
Just watching Johnny Mac strutting his stuff in a veterans’ doubles.
Must say I like him a lot better on the court than off.Playing with Macnamara, always a joy to watch too.


jane Says:

Sigh, but Kvitova was still right there; if she had just pulled through, she could have rested and maybe gotten over the fever or whatever. Was just hoping for her to win is all. Sigh again.

Didn’t know before today that Kinepi had won the junior Wimbledon title but had heard about the blood clot issue in earlier commentary. eek.


Margot Says:

Oh eek no! Apostrophe in wrong place! How I hate that too! Mea maxima culpa.
Please read: “Mystic Megs”


jane Says:

Margot, you should have a look at J-Mac’s tweets – very funny, often self-deprecating when not self-glorifying – or both. ;) He always adds little trademark quips such as “let’s be honest” or “you can’t be serious”. Definitely tweets all in fun.


RZ Says:

I like all 4 semifinalists, but would love to see Radwanska vs. Bartoli in the final.


the DA Says:

The OoP is out:

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/schedule/schedule17.html

CC:
Ferrer vs Delpo
Murray vs Verdasco

No. 1
Nole vs Berdy
Janowicz vs Kubot


Nina Says:

GO NOLE!!!


Bada Bing Says:

Nina
Tommy has always had game and he can generate power so effortlessly. He has grown into a much more complete player in recent times but he can be a head case.
And yeah, GO NOLE!!!


Wog boy Says:

I was wondering if AO can play all the QF matches on Rod Laver Arena why Wimbledon cannot do the same, and AO can use Hisense Arena too, ( 10,500 people plus roof) but they don’t. They put day and night programs, 11am-5pm with one of each, 5pm- until it finishes and next day the same. The only reason I am saying this is rain, if the other court has a roof, no problem whatsoever.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

Wimbledon was reluctant to change from the beginning sticking to tradition. There were reservations from several quarters for even installing a Roof over Centre court despite all the rain delays year after year. But, the Authorities had no alternative but to do what is necessary and endearing to spectator and commercial interest. May be, in the years to come, Wimbledon as a tournament would undergo a sea change for the better. The tournament needs it. It needs to change with times.


Margot Says:

@Michael
A roof is also coming for No 1.
Not so traditional…;) However, LTA has loads a money, which helps.
Andy played on one last week. Just the timing for Nole/Berd is poor.


grendel Says:

Roof for Number1 court is supposed to be ready by 2019 at latest, maybe a year earlier.

There should be a roof at US Open, too. But engineering difficulties may be insuperable, due to the foolish decision to go for size.

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