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PHOTOS: Lisicki stuns Serena, joins Li Na and Kvitova in quarters

July 01, 2013 23:54 IST

Lisicki stuns Serena

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German Sabine Lisicki sent another seismic shockwave through Wimbledon on Monday when she sent five-times champion Serena Williams packing from the tournament with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 fourth- round upset.


Image: Sabine Lisicki celebrates after winning her fourth round match against Serena Williams
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Lisicki rallied with a gripping fightback

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Top seed Williams, the overwhelming favourite for the title with her chief rivals already out, appeared to have turned the match around when she led 3-0 in the decider but Lisicki, the 2011 semi-finalist, rallied with a gripping fightback.

After breaking to lead 5-4, the 23rd seed secured victory on her second match point to set up a last-eight meeting with Estonian Kaia Kanepi.


Image: Sabine Lisicki
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Defeat ended Serena's winning streak

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After easy pickings in the first week when she dropped just 11 games, defeat ended Williams's win streak at 34 matches and it was only her fourth loss in the last 76.


Image: Serena Williams
Photographs: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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Lightning Li thunders into quarter-finals

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Li Na narrowly missed out on handing Italian Roberta Vinci the dreaded double bagel as the Chinese sixth seed romped into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-0 victoryy.

The 2011 French Open champion served for the first set at 5-0 up but was broken by the doubles specialist, who raised loud cheers on Court Three as she finally registered a game against her name on the scoreboard.

The 30-year-old Vinci, seeded 11th, held her next service game but from then on Li was an unstoppable force as she won the next seven games to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the third time.


Image: Li Na
Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

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Ferrer grinds down Dodig to reach last eight

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David Ferrer wore down Croatia's Ivan Dodig with his high-energy scrambling to move into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-1 win.

The Spanish fourth seed arrived 10 minutes late on Court Two and was slow to impose himself on the match, losing the first set in a tiebreak before winning the second the same way.

Dodig, ranked 49th in the world, could not maintain his consistency as the match wore on and his serve, which had been such a weapon in the early stages, faltered to allow Ferrer to turn the screw.

After failing to win a point on the Dodig serve for four successive games in the second set, Ferrer broke three times in the third and twice in the fourth to wrap it up.

Ferrer, who has now reached seven successive Grand Slam quarter-finals, will next face eighth seed Juan Martin Del Potro or Italian Andreas Seppi.


Image: David Ferrer
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Former champion Kvitova battles through

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Petra Kvitova flew the flag for former Wimbledon champions when she became the first to make the quarter-finals with a 7-6, 6-3 win over doughty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

It was not all plain sailing for the 2011 champion, who has yet to rediscover the consistency that took her to world number two 20 months ago.

"I was pretty nervous today...I didn't play my best, especially in the first set. But it's important to win the last point which was what I did," Kvitova said.


Image: Petra Kvitova
Photographs: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

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Kanepi outclasses Robson to enter quarters

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Laura Robson began the second week of Wimbledon looking to become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals since 1984 but took just over 90 minutes to depart in tears as she was beaten in straight sets by Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Robson, 19, awoke to newspaper stories predicting fame, riches and good odds of a future Grand Slam title but in a ragged, error-strewn display she was dispatched 7-6(6), 7-5 by the big-serving 36th-ranked Kanepi who reached the quarter-finals for the second time.


Image: Kaia Kanepi
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Tears of anger and frustration for Robson

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Laura Robson, seeking to become the first home woman quarter-finalist since Joe Durie 29 years ago, broke for a 5-4 lead in the first set but was loose again when serving for it and was outgunned in the tiebreak despite again having an early mini-break.

Robson, roared on by a packed Number One Court crowd desperately willing her on, Robson just could not find her touch with her normally destructive forehand and Kanepi broke for a 6-5 lead and, after seeing four match points saved, took a deserved victory on her fifth.

While Robson left the court crying tears of anger and frustration, Kanepi can look forward to a last-eight battle with Sabine Lisicki after the German upset top seed Serena Williams.


Image: Laura Robson
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Janowicz and Kubot set up all Polish quarter-final

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Poland has waited 33 years for a male quarter-finalist at a Grand Slam but two arrived within a few of minutes of each other at Wimbledon on Monday as Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot set up an unlikely last-eight clash.

The big-serving Janowicz edged past Juergen Melzer 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, collapsing to the court in disbelief after finally subduing the Austrian veteran.


Image: Jerzy Janowicz
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Kubot edges past Mannarino

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130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot launched into his party piece can-can dance routine to celebrate a 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over fellow outsider Adrian Mannarino of France.

The winner of his match against Janowicz will be the first Polish man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

Wojtek Fibak was the last Polish man to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final, losing three times in the last eight in 1980.


Image: Lukasz Kubot
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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Murray survives mini-scare

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Andy Murray suffered a mini crisis of confidence and faced his first tiebreak of the tournament but recovered his nerve and timing to beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 7-6(5) 6-1 on Monday and advance to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

With Laura Robson bowing out earlier in the day, number two seed Murray assumed his usual position as singles flag-bearer for the home country and he duly triumphed on a sun-drenched Centre Court against the 31-year-old making his 13th Wimbledon appearance.

Murray was untroubled in the first set but experienced the full range of emotions in a topsy-turvy second that featured two breaks of serve each. Youzhny had the early advantage in the tiebreak too but Murray produced some stunning shots to turn it round and sap the Russian's spirit.

In his sixth successive Wimbledon quarter-final, Murray will face Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who he has beaten eight times in nine meetings, and he remains on course for a final showdown with top seed Novak Djokovic.


Image: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates victory
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Del Potro out-guns Seppi

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Eighth seed Juan Martin Del Potro muscled his way into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a powerful 6-4 7-6(2) 6-3 win over Italy's Andreas Seppi on Monday.

The Argentine's knee was heavily strapped following a nasty fall in his third-round match, but his slightly cumbersome movement was no barrier to a straight-sets demolition of the 28th-ranked Seppi.

He broke in the seventh game of the first set before wrapping it up in 52 minutes, stayed solid to come through the second in a tiebreak, before breaking in the second game of the third set to effectively end the Italian's resistance.

Del Potro will face Spain's David Ferrer in the last eight.


Image: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a backhand
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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