No. 1 Sharapova upset at Wimbledon

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 26, 2012
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Top-seeded Maria Sharapova's bid for a second consecutive Grand Slam title ended with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki in a windy, rainy fourth-round match at Wimbledon on Monday. Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year. The Russian completed a career Grand Slam by taking the trophy at Roland Garros last month. She won Wimbledon in 2004, and was the runner-up last year, when she beat Lisicki in the semifinals, part of a 3-0 head-to-record against the German before Monday. Lisicki, wearing a long-sleeved shirt for warmth, ended the match with ace. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, who is also German, sat in Lisicki's guest box at Court 1. The sixth-seeded American won the last three games of the final set to beat Kazakhstani wild card Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, in cool and gusty conditions on Court 2. Williams hopped in joy with both feet in the air after hitting a big forehand that forced an error by Shvedova on the first match point, ending a hard-hitting contest that lasted nearly two hours. ''I didn't want to lose today and I thought, `Just stay relaxed,''' Williams said. ''I knew the whole match I could play better.'' Williams will next face defending champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied from a set and a break down to beat former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in an error-strewed match on Court 3. It was the second straight tough three-setter for Williams, who won 9-7 in the third to beat Zheng Jie in the third round. ''I feel fine,'' she said. ''I'm not tired. I'm not anything. I feel good. I feel like bottom line I can play so much better than what I have been playing ... You know me. I'm never satisfied.'' The match ended in a slight drizzle, with play suspended on some of the other courts. Shvedova removed her glasses in the final two games to keep the lenses from getting wet. ''I think we both wanted to keep playing because it was so deep into the match,'' Williams said. ''I didn't want to stop. Williams finished with 35 winners, including 12 aces, and 13 errors. Shvedova had 24 winners and 20 errors. Shvedova had won a ''golden set'' in the previous round, taking the first set without losing a point against Sara Errani. On Monday, she found herself on the other end of one-sided beating in the opening set, winning just one game and 12 points against Williams. But Shvedova settled down and, from 2-2, won five consecutive games to take the second set and go up 1-0 in the third. Williams received a warning for racket abuse after being broken to lose the set. Down 0-40 in the ninth game of the final set, Shvedova saved three break points to hold for a 5-4 lead, but Williams won the next three games to close out the match. A double-fault and a backhand error by Shvedova helped hand Williams the decisive break. Serving for the match at 30-30, Williams chased down a good approach shot. On the run, she lifted a ****** backhand lob that Shvedova let go. The ball fell well inside the court to set up the match point. The first player to reach the quarters was 37th-ranked Austrian Tamira Paszek, who beat Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 to reach the final eight for the second year in a row. The second Monday at Wimbledon is the busiest in Grand Slam tennis, with all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches on the schedule. However, with showers in the forecast for much of the day, the tournament faced the prospect of rain delays. The fourth-round men's pairings included: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic vs. Viktor Troicki, Roger Federer vs. Xavier Malisse, No. 18 Richard Gasquet vs. No. 31 Florian Mayer, and No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny vs. Denis Istomin. Other men's matchups: No. 4 Andy Murray vs. No. 16 Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. No. 10 Mardy Fish, 126th-ranked qualifier Brian Baker vs. No. 27 Philipp Kohlschreiber, and No. 7 David Ferrer vs. No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro. Among the women, it was No. 1 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 15 Sabine Lisicki and No. 2 Victoria Azarenka against No. 14 Ana Ivanovic.
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