Sharapova stunned by powerhouse Lisicki

Women’s singles top seed Maria Sharapova crashed out of Wimbledon yesterday after being stunned by big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki.

Sharapova stunned by powerhouse Lisicki

Sharapova’s serve was broken three times in a chaotic first set and once early in the second, with 15th seed Lisicki taking the match 6-4 6-3 — the same score by which she lost to Sharapova a year ago to set up a meeting with Angelique Kerber.

Afterwards the Russian lavished praise on her conqueror. “I certainly had chances; I didn’t take them, but I think a lot of the credit goes to my opponent,” Sharapova said.

“She played extremely well today and did many things better than I did on this given day. You just have to hand it to her.”

Lisicki now faces Angelique Kerber who beat Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 on Court Three, ending the Belgian’s hope of a first Wimbledon title in what has been her last shot at the tournament before retirement.

“I have a lot of good memories, a lot of special and emotional memories,” said Clijsters afterwards.

Four-time champion Serena Williams survived a stiff test as she saw off Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 2-6 7-5. Serena now faces defending champion, Petra Kvitova, in the quarter-finals. Kvitova was extended to three sets before beating Italian Francesco Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1 on Court Three.

In the men’s singles, Roger Federer insists he will be fit to continue his fight for a seventh Wimbledon title despite suffering a back injury en route to victory over Xavier Malisse at Wimbledon yesterday. Federer took a medical time-out after feeling a twinge in his back following the eighth game of the first set.

The third seed moved gingerly afterwards, but he still managed to record a 7-6 (7/1) 6-1 4-6 6-3 win that ensured his passage to a 33rd consecutive grand slam quarter-final.

“I’m not too worried about it,” Federer said. “Two good nights’ sleep and I’m pretty convinced I’ll be 100% on Wednesday.”

Andy Murray’s fourth round tussle with Marin Cilic will go into a second day after rain brought an early end to matches on all courts except Centre Court last night. Murray led 7-5 3-1 and by 40-love on serve in the fifth game of the second set when the match was halted. They resume at midday today.

Elsewhere, defending champion Novak Djokovic easily saw off Serbian Victor Troicki, needing just 90 minutes to win 6-3 6-1 6-3.

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