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After shock waves Wimbledon dream title up for grabs

July 02, 2013 09:57 IST

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Eight women from eight different countries will walk through the gates of the All England Club on Tuesday harbouring genuine title hopes following a Wimbledon wipeout of the headline attractions.


Image: Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon champion in 2011, and China's Li Na, French Open winner in the same year, are the only two who know how it feels to win a Grand Slam.


Image: Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic serves
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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After defeat for Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka's injury-enforced withdrawal, Serena Williams was expected to stroll to a sixth Wimbledon title but her fourth-round defeat by German Sabine Lisicki on Monday left the draw wide open.


Image: Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates match point against Serena Williams
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Kvitova takes on 20th seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, a quarter-final debutant at this level, while Li faces fourth- seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska who was runner-up at Wimbledon last year.


Image: Kirsten Flipkins of Belgium hits a forehand
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"I think it doesn't mean anything," Radwanska told reporters, referring to her role as the highest seed left in the tournament. "Especially here with so many weird scores."


Image: Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland takes a break in a practice session
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Lisicki's reward for downing Williams is a meeting with Estonia's unseeded Kaia Kanepi, the lowest-ranked survivor.


Image: Kaia Kanepi of Estonia hits a return
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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In the absence of Williams, 20-year-old Sloane Stephens is carrying the American flag.

She takes on former runner-up Marion Bartoli of France with the winner up against Kvitova or Flipkens.


Image: Sloane Stephens of United States of America plays a forehand
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