It’s starting to sound like a broken record: Serena Williams has been shocked again at a Grand Slam. This time doing the upset honors was Alize Cornet who overcame a first set shellacking to stun the 5-time Wimbledon champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 during a rainy third round Saturday.
“She kept her unforced errors really low,” said Serena who will remain No. 1 despite her poor 2014 Slam record. “I think I made a few errors too many. You know, she was going for her shots … she played really well today.”
Cornet entered the match having never beaten a Top 20 player at a Grand Slam. And she had reached just one career Grand Slam fourth round before. But she had confidence having upset Serena in Dubai earlier in the year.
“If somebody would have told me a couple years ago that I would be in second week here in Wimbledon, beating Serena, I wouldn’t have believed it,” the 24-year-old Cornet said. “What a victory. It’s the best way to get the second week.”
The loss sends the 17-time winner out before the quarterfinals at her third Slam this year and for the fourth time in her last five Slams.
“I think everyone in general plays the match of their lives against me. So I’m pretty sure that the next match, it won’t be the same,” said Serena who lost to Lisicki a year ago. “I just have to always, every time I step on the court, be a hundred times better.”
Serena and her elder sister Venus who lost yesterday are still in the doubles. But the loss means both top seeds in the women’s draw are out leaving lone former champions Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova as the tournament favorites.
Sharapova eased into the fourth round for a ninth time whipping Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 to claim her 10th straight Grand Slam match win.
Other winners were little-known Zarina Diyas who beat one-time finalist Vera Zvonareva. In a match-up of former semifinalists Angelique Kerber ousted Kirsten Flipkens. Genie Bouchard continued her strong Slam run beating Andrea Petkovic and Simon Halep rolled over 2013 junior champion Belinda Bencic.
Sabine Lisicki held the 6-4, 1-1 lead over Ana Ivanovic when their match was halted due to darkness on Court 1. Oddly, about 45 minutes later the Slava Shvedova-Madison Keys match suffered the same fate with Shvedova ahead by a set and on a brink of a breaker against the ailing American.
On the men’s side it was business as usual. Under the roof, Rafael Nadal went down a set to the lightly-regarded Mikhail Kushikin before roaring back to win 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. It was Nadal’s third straight win from a set down at Wimbledon this year.
7-time champion Roger Federer has no trouble at all with Santiago Giraldo crushing the Colombian 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
“It’s great,” Federer told BBC television. “I’m very pleased. It’s always good to keep moving on. Last year I lost in the second round (against Sergiy Stakhovsky), so I’m aware of tough draws. I’m always worried about the first week, getting to the second one; then the grass plays quite differently.
“[Next week] it’s really about maintaining a good level of play. Physically I’m in good shape. I’ve got to keep playing aggressively and serving well. You’ve got to do that on this surface, and keep the points short.”
On Tuesday Federer will meet Tommy Robredo in a rematch of the Spaniard’s stunner at the US Open last year. Robredo knocked out 2013 semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in five sets sending the Pol fall out of the Top 50.
Nineteen-year-old sensation Nick Kyrios will be next for Nadal after the Australian ousted 20-year-old Jiri Vesely in four sets.
Canadian Milos Raonic joined Bouchard in week two after blasting 30 aces in a straight set win over 2013 quarterfinalist Lukas Kubot.
The Stan Wawrinka-Denis Istomin and John Isner-Feliciano Lopez matches were pushed to Monday due to the five plus hours of rain today. Also to be finished Monday is the match between lucky loser Simone Bolelli and Kei Nishikori who are knotted at 3-3 in the fifth set.
Per tradition, players will enjoy a day off Sunday before returning for third and fourth round play on Monday.
MONDAY WIMBLEDON SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Alize Cornet (FRA)  v Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 
2. Andy Murray (GBR)  v Kevin Anderson (RSA) 
3. Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 
NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)  vs Sabine Lisicki (GER) 
2. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  v Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
3. Angelique Kerber (GER)  v Maria Sharapova (RUS) 
4. Serena Williams (USA)  / Venus Williams (USA)  v
Kristina Barrois (GER) / Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
NO.2 COURT – 11:30AM
1. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)  v Denis Istomin (UZB)
2. Petra Kvitova (CZE)  v Shuai Peng (CHN)
3. Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) / Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) v
Sara Errani (ITA)  / Roberta Vinci (ITA) 
4. Dominic Inglot (GBR) / Johanna Konta (GBR) v
Bob Bryan (USA)  / Kveta Peschke (CZE) 
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