World No.one Maria Sharapova has crashed out on a dramatic Magic Monday at Wimbledon.
While titleholder Petra Kvitova and four-instances champion Serena Williams survived three-set scares to set up a blockbuster quarter-final, Sharapova is heading property right after falling 6-four 6-3 to 22-year-old German Sabine Lisicki.
All 16 men’s and women’s fourth-round matches have been scheduled on a bumper program and it didn’t consider extended for one particular of the game’s greatest drawcards to bow out.
A surprise semi-finalist as a wildcard last year, the 15th-seeded Lisicki delivered a magnificent encore to blow Sharapova away.
It was all above in 84 minutes as the powerhouse German unleashed a 2nd-serve ace on her third match stage to eliminate the 2004 winner and newly crowned French Open champion.
“It truly is just unbelievable,” Lisicki said.
“I’m just so pleased. I’ve lost my three preceding meetings to her, but I just went for my shots and from the 1st point I felt great out there.
“It’s my favourite tournament. I enjoy playing on grass, I adore the crowd out here so I just adore it.”
Right after reaching the final last year, Sharapova’s shock defeat leaves the Russian in danger of relinquishing her leading ranking to Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
The 2nd-seeded Belarusian thumped Serb 14th seed Ana Ivanovic six-one 6-1 to book a date on Tuesday with Austrian Tamira Paszek, a 6-2 six-two winner over Italian Roberta Vinci.
Lisicki, meanwhile, moves on to a quarter-final against eighth-seeded compatriot Angelique Kerber, who ruthlessly ended the retiring Kim Clijsters’ Wimbledon profession with a six-one six-one mauling of Belgium’s former globe No.1.
Williams earlier required nearly two hours to shake off Kazakh sensation Yaroslava Schvedova six-one two-6 7-five to advance to her 10th Wimbledon quarter-final.
Williams sent down a Wimbledon-record 23 aces to edge previous China’s Jheng Jie in the third round and necessary twelve much more to see off the streaky Shvedova.
The 65th-ranked Schvedova had been the speak of the tournament after turning out to be the very first lady ever to win all 24 factors in a set for the duration of her 3rd-round rout of French Open runner-up Sara Errani.
But in spite of fighting gamely Shvedova at some point came unstuck with two double-faults at five-5 in the deciding set.
Kvitova awaits the sixth-seed Williams on Tuesday immediately after the Czech staged her very own fightback to beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone four-six 7-five 6-1.
Williams beat the then-unseeded Kvitova 7-six (7-5) 6-2 in the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finals prior to going on to win her 13th grand slam title.
But the 30-year-old stays stranded one major shy of fellow American wonderful Pete Sampras’s 14 and is desperate to break the drought.
“I haven’t played her for a even though. I am seeking forward to it,” Williams stated.
“I’ve received nothing at all to lose. Bottom line, I know I can play far better. If I couldn’t, that would be a problem.”
3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska had a much smoother ride to the final eight, the Pole outclassing Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi six-2 6-3.
Radwanska is however to drop a set this campaign and next faces Russian Maria Kirilenko for a semi-final spot.
Kirilenko beat China’s Peng Shaui 6-one 6-7 (6-8) six-3 to qualify for the last eight for the 1st time.