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Monday, July 1, 2013

Serena Williams upset loss to German Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon separates boys from adults and not all grow bigger… today there was one of the biggest shocks in recent history in the women's event as  a  24th-seeded German who  trailed 3-0 in the final set  stormed back to dump out the world No1 and end the American's winning streak at 34 matches. As her final forehand slid away for a winner on her second match point, she fell face down into the grass on Centre Court.

The loser was Serena Williams ending her  career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club ~ the conqueror Sabine Lisicki  from Germany. In March 2010, she suffered an ankle injury at the Indian Wells Masters that ruled her out for five months and saw her fall out of the top 100. She rebounded in 2011 and won the Aegon Classic before entering the Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard and going on to reach the semifinals, where she lost to Maria Sharapova. In doing so she became only the second woman in Wimbledon history to make it to the semifinals while entering the tournament as a wildcard.  In doubles, Lisicki won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in 2011 with Samantha Stosur and in 2013 with Mona Barthel. She also reached the doubles final at Wimbledon in 2011 with Stosur and came fourth in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Christopher Kas.

Today Germany's Sabine Lisicki caused one of the biggest shocks in recent history in the women's event as she upended the five-times champion Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. There are upsets, and then there are unfathomables.  This Wimbledon is seeing more tumbles…………. Rafael Nadal's exit to Steve Darcis, Maria Sharapova's loss to Michelle Larcher De Brito, and Roger Federer's Grand Slam quarter-final streak at the hands of  Sergiy Stakhovsky.  ~ and today’s menu had this loss of Serena. 

She was cruising along so nicely that an end seemed unlikely `~ she had lost just 3 matches since last Wimbledon and today she proved to be human.  The German has beaten Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round in 2010, Li Na in the second round in 2011, and Maria Sharapova in the fourth round in 2012 and today capped it with a win over Serena.  She had been beaten by Serena in both their earlier encounters.

The last point was a good rally, which Lisicki eventually won and got drowned in the fact of her mammoth win. Serena Jameka Williams  is ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis.  She is the reigning French Open, US Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic ladies singles champion. Regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Williams is the only player to have achieved a Career Golden Slam in both singles and doubles. Her 31 Grand Slam titles ties her for eighth on the all-time list: 16 in singles, 13 in women's doubles, and 2 in mixed doubles.  Serena Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in women's singles and three in women's doubles, an all-time record shared with her sister Venus… and today she has fallen

Regards – S. Sampathkumar
1st July 2013.

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