Lisicki stuns top seed Sharapova
Jul 03 2012
Top seed Maria Sharapova crashed out of Wimbledon when she was emphatically beaten by big-hitting Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round.
The French Open champion had looked in ominous form prior to Monday's showdown, but amid damp scenes on Court One, where at one stage play was suspended for over 30 minutes, she was unable to scale the heights that saw her beat the same opponent at the semi-final stage last year.
Sharapova's serve was broken three times in a chaotic first set and crucially once early in the second, with 15th-seeded German Lisicki taking the match 6-4 6-3 - the same score by which she lost to Sharapova 12 months ago.
Lisicki milked the ovation of the crowd at the end, falling to her knees having sent down an ace that Sharapova got nowhere near.
It was the third match point she had earned, with her Russian opponent offering late resistance, but Lisicki had never doubted her ability to get over the line.
"It's unbelievable," she said afterwards. "I've lost my last three against her and gave my very best.
"I just went for my shots, it's my favourite tournament. I love the grass and the crowd.
"I am a fighter, I got to the last point, the last game was tough and I'm happy. I'm getting better with each match and am looking forward to another one."
She has now beaten the reigning French Open champion three times at Wimbledon. She beat Li Na last year and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2009.
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