Brave Kerber ends Sharapova challenge in thriller

Brave Kerber ends Sharapova challenge in thriller
Angelique Kerber

Brilliant German Angelique Kerber scored an inspired Wimbledon victory over Maria Sharapova to extinguish the Russian’s hope of winning back-to-back grand slam titles.

In a gripping Centre Court clash between two of the hardest-hitting women in tennis, left-hander Kerber took her seventh match point to seal a 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-4 victory and earn a quarter-final shot at Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

In the wake of Serena Williams losing in the third round, French Open winner Sharapova had been installed by many as a champion-in-waiting, but Kerber was not distracted by such talk as she won a Centre Court classic.

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