New Champions Coming Up
LONDON--Never a dull moment at this Wimbledon.
If the ouster of Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the first week wasn't wild enough, women's No. 1 seed Serena Williams was bounced today by No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki in three sets.
Williams, the defending champion, dropped the first set but then seemed to right herself in the second, winning it easily 6-1 and seemingly putting herself back on the straightforward path to Saturday's final that most had envisioned.
But Lisicki, with some good experiences of winning on Centre Court, broke Williams in the ninth game of the third set, then after some shaky points and two deuces, won the match with a forward to the open court before falling to her knees to celebrate her 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 win.
Williams loss, her first after 34 consecutive match victories, means Wimbledon will have a new champion in both the men's and women's divisions this year. Federer won the men's title in 2012.
During her post-match interview on the BBC, Lisicki was tearful and shaking as her up-and-down career hit another high.
"Amazing feeling to win this match. I love this court so much. Such a special place for me," she said. "I was fighting for every point. Just hanging in there."
So ended a strange Wimbledon for Williams, who arrived here without her injured sister, Venus, and in the middle of a large row over comments she'd made to Rolling Stone magazine about the "black heart" of Sharapova's boyfriend, Bulgarian pro Grigor Dimitrov.
Sharapova fired back with some unfriendly words about Williams dating a "married man," and then the temperatures cooled between the two tennis divas as the tournament began.
Sharapova only lasted two rounds, while Williams didn't even make it to the quarterfinals.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, seeded No. 8 this year, is the only former champion now left in the women's draw. She defeated Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain today, the woman who had defeated Canada's Eugenie Bouchard last week.
British hopeful Laura Robson was also eliminated in straight sets.