Serena Williams has been the biggest challenge to beat for months and months and this week at Wimbledon she extended her career-best winning streak to 34 matches, but the end has come and it happened at the hands of Sabine Lisicki.
The German world No.24 has been a fan of grass surface and seeing her victorious in the fourth round of Wimbledon is no surprise, since she played the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2010 and the semifinals in 2011, but seeing her eliminate the mighty and unbeatable Serena has to be considered a shock. Actually, whoever beats Serena, even multiple Grand Slam winners, is bound to make headlines.
The 23-year-old Lisicki took the first set 6-2, with 15 winners to Williams’ 7 and 8 unforced errors to her opponent’s 12, and after fighting off all the four break points that Williams earned. Just as Lisicki comfortably started the second set by holding serve, Williams fired back, reduced her count of unforced errors to zero, won nine straight games, including 14 straight points at one time, and entered the deciding set with a 3-0 lead. Seed No.24 Lisicki maintained her aggression, big serves and powerful forehands, got to 4-all and eventually upset the five-time Wimbledon champion and world No.1 6-2 1-6 6-4.
The draw that was stripped of big names already after Day 3 and now after losing the absolute favorite Serena in the beginning of the second week the draw cannot be more open. Lisicki’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be Kaia Kanepi, who eliminated home darling Laura Robson 7-6(6) 7-5. (photo: Moo’s Tennis Blog)