German Sabine Lisicki sent another seismic shockwave through Wimbledon on Monday when she sent five-time champion Serena Williams packing from the tournament with a 6-2 1-6 6-4 fourth-round upset.
Top-seed Williams, the overwhelming favorite 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 semifinalist, 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.
After easy pickings in the first week when she dropped just 11 games, the defeat ended Williams’s win streak at 34 matches and it was only her fourth loss in the last 76.
With Maria Sharapova being upset last week, it was assumed Williams would cruise into the finals.