Major Upset In Women's Play Highlights Action at Wimbledon

By Jim McCoy Mon 1st July SportsJuan Martin Del PotroSabine LisickiTennisWimbledon
LISICKI VS. SERENA Defending champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, failing to close out a see-saw third set and falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. The loss, another major upset at Wimbeldon, ended Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club. Williams was up a break twice in the third set but Lisicki fought back both times and broke again to go ahead. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner. BRITISH WOMAN FALLS SHORT Laura Robson failed in her quest to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1984, falling 7-6 (6), 7-5 in an error-filled match to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Robson, the first British woman to reach the second week at Wimbledon since 1998, was ahead 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker but lost six of the next seven points. Serving at 5-4, she hit her first try about five feet long, then bounced the second serve into the net. Robson, ranked 38th, finished with 24 unforced errors with only 27 winners, as she had trouble harnessing her forehand. Kanepi, ranked 46th, moves into her fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal. Jo Durie remains the last British woman to make the Wimbledon quarters, 29 years ago. FERRER VS, DODIG Fourth-seeded David Ferrer overcame another slow start to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Having trailed twice in the previous round before winning in five sets, Ferrer struggled initially to create opportunities on Dodig's serve and was two points from going two sets down. But he dominated the final two sets, breaking Dodig five times and clinching the match with a forehand winner. Coming off his first career Grand Slam final at the French Open, Ferrer reached his second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal. He will play the winner between No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro. DEL POTRO VS. SEPPI Playing with his left knee heavily taped following a scary fall in the previous round, Juan Martin del Potro didn't let it slow him down as he beat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-3 to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday. Del Potro twisted his left ankle and hyper-extended his knee during the third set of his win over Grega Zemlja on Saturday, and said he has been icing the knee constantly since. He said "it's really painful," but that "the doctors are helping me" stay fit enough to play. The eighth-seeded Argentine converted only two of his 11 break points and needed four match points to close out Seppi, saying he got a bit nervous toward the end. Seppi became the fourth Italian player to lose Monday. MURRAY VS. YOUZHNY Reigning U.S. Open champion Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive year, beating 20th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1 Monday. The No. 2-seeded Murray is trying to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Murray was the runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last year, then defeated Federer a month later to win a London Olympics gold medal at the All England Club. Murray found himself in a bit of trouble in Monday's second set, trailing 5-2 against Youzhny, who was a 2012 Wimbledon quarterfinalist. But Murray broke when Youzhny served for the set at 5-4. Then, down 5-3 in the tiebreaker, Murray took the set's last four points. STEPHENS VS. PUIG h AP Photos. LONDON (AP) - Sloane Stephens of the U.S. reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year, beating 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Monday at Wimbledon. The 17th-seeded Stephens is the last American singles player left at the grass-court tournament. She finished her 2-hour, 4-minute victory shortly after defending champion Serena Williams' 34-match winning streak ended with a three-set loss to Sabine Lisicki. For the first time in 101 years, no men representing the U.S. even made it to Wimbledon's third round. Stephens, who is 20, eliminated Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January to reach her first career major semifinal. Next for Stephens in her second appearance at Wimbledon is a match against No. 15 Marion Bartoli, the 2007 runner-up, or 104th-ranked Karin Knapp. PAIR OF POLES Poland will send two men into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time after 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz and 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot each won five-set matches Monday. They'll play each other Wednesday with the winner becoming the country's first Grand Slam semifinalist. The big-serving Janowicz reached as high as 137 mph while outlasting Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Kubot defeated Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The last Polish man to make the quarterfinals at a major was Wojtek Fibak, who advanced that far at the last three Grand Slams in 1980. BROADCASTER QUIETED A BBC broadcaster was told to quiet down by a player at Wimbledon on Monday when his on-air segment interrupted her fourth-round match. Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium stopped play to complain to the umpire during the second set of her win over Flavia Pennetta that a journalist standing on a roof overlooking Court 18 was speaking too loudly. Flipkens gestured angrily up toward John Watson, who was presenting a segment on BBC World News. After chair umpire Fergus Murphy asked "the gentleman who's broadcasting in the brown suit" to be quiet, Watson looked slightly bemused as he realized the comments were directed at him. Looking into the camera, Watson said "this is a very surreal moment," and "I don't think I've ever been told to be quiet by the fellow players." He later said on Twitter he apologized to Flipkens in person after the match.

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