This year's WImbledon tennis championships seem to jostle the stalwarts. First we had all-time champion Rafael Nadal bow out to little known Lukas Rosol. And on Monday there was yet another surprise awaiting the tennis fans. This time it was the women's singles, which released the shocks.
Maria Sharapova had a shocking setback when she was ousted out of the tournament by lesser known Germany's Sabine Lisicki. The German played a meticulosuly planned game to oust the world no 1 with a 6-4, 6-3, fourth round victory. The top seed was completely out-played by the 15th seed this time.
Sharapova's high node after winning the French Open for the first time earlier this month were dampened by the young German. And bowing out at the semis had been heart breaking for her fans. The top seed was a finalist in three of the last four Grand Slams and this defeat is sure to keep her down for sometime.
The winning German was filled with ecstasy and jubiliance. She expressed, "It's just unbelievable. I'm so happy. I had lost the last three meetings with her, so it's nice to finally win one.”
About her preparation for this game, "I just went for my shots out there. I felt great, it's my favourite tournament. I love the crowd and playing on grass. "I'm fighter and I fight to the last game. I think I'm getting better with each match." adds Lisicki.
In an yet another match at Wimbledon Serena Williams beats Yaroslava Shvedova with 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. However the victory did not bring peace to the four time champion, as she was mobbed by autograph hunters. The champion was literally in jitters and complained the authorities over the inefficient security. "I was totally mobbed. I literally was almost knocked over after the match. It was crazy out there today," Serena said.(With inputs from internet- AW AarKay)