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Top seed Maria Sharapova falls in the fourth round at Wimbledon

July 02, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, right, shakes hands with Germany's Sabine Lisicki after her fourth-round loss at Wimbledon on Monday.
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, right, shakes hands with Germany's… (Glyn Kirk / AFP / Getty Images )

Maria Sharapova's quest for a traditional Grand Slam came to an end Monday with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Serena Williams' quest for a fifth Wimbledon title continued, however, as she defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. Defending champion Petra Kvitova also won Monday, as did six-time champ Roger Federer on the men's side.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters played what was apparently her last Wimbledon match -- a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Angelique Kerber -- before retiring later this year.

The top-seeded Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam last month by winning the French Open but fell short in her attempt to become the first woman to win that event and Wimbledon in the same year since Williams did it in 2002.

“I just went for my shots. Really from the first point on I felt great out there,” said Lisicki, who will face fellow German Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals. “It's my favorite tournament. I love playing on grass; I love the crowd here. I just love it.”

Williams won the last three games of a contest that lasted nearly two hours for her second tough three-set victory in a row.

“I feel fine,” said Williams, who faces Kvitova in the next round. “I'm not tired. I'm not anything. I feel good. I feel like, bottom line, I can play so much better than what I have been playing. … You know me. I'm never satisfied.”

Federer overcame an early injury scare to advance to his record 33rd consecutive appearance in the round of eight of a Grand Slam event, where he will play Mikhail Youzhny. After calling a medical timeout for treatment in the locker room for a back problem, Federer returned after eight minutes to defeat Xavier Malisse 7-6 (1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.


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