Serena Williams upset by Lisicki in Wimbledon

Tennis star fails to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011
07/01/2013 3:50 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Serena Williams falls short of the quarterfinals for just the fourth time in her career.(AP)
Serena Williams has added her name to the list of top players to bow out of Wimbledon earlier than expected, losing her fourth-round match to No. 23-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, on Centre Court Monday afternoon.

Williams, who won Wimbledon in 2012, came into the All-England Club as a heavy favorite to win the Venus Rosewater Dish once again, as she was riding a 31-match winning streak that included winning this year’s French Open – and after six of the Top 10 seeds in the women’s draw failed to escape the first week of the fortnight, she became an overwhelming favorite to capture her sixth career title on the All-England lawns and 17th Grand Slam overall.

Instead, Serena fell on the first day of Week 2, unable to finish off Lisicki after holding a 3-0 lead in the third and deciding set.

"I just was fighting for every single point no matter what was happening out there," Lisicki said in her post-match press conference. "Serena's a very tough player. That's why she is No. 1 in the world. I'm just so glad that I could pull off the win today."

Lisicki has now defeated the reigning French Open champion at four consecutive Wimbledons, and with world No. 1 Williams the latest casualty of a wild Wimbledon, there is now a good chance that the ladies’ singles winner will be hoisting a Grand Slam trophy for the first time; of the eight quarterfinalists, only 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova and 2011 French winner Li Na have a major title on their resume.

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