Serena Williams

Serena Williams Loses!

The tennis superstar was upset at Wimbledon by Sabine Lisicki, breaking her 34-match winning streak

by ESPN, July 1, 2013

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Add Serena Williams to the list of big names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon.

The defending champion failed to close out a seesaw third set Monday, dropping the last four games against Sabine Lisicki of Germany to lose 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round and end her career-best 34-match winning streak.

"I'm still shaking," Lisicki said in a postmatch interview, covering her face with her hands to wipe away tears. "I'm just so happy."

It was the latest in a string of upsets that has jolted the tournament, with defending championRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days — along with Maria Sharapova andVictoria Azarenka's withdrawal on the women's side.

Sloane Stephens of the U.S. reached her second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year, beating 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

The 17th-seeded Stephens is the last American singles player left at the grass-court tournament.

Williams looked to be cruising after dropping the first set, winning nine straight games to take a 3-0 lead in the third. The players then traded breaks to give Williams a 4-2 lead, but the American couldn't win another game — despite having four break points at 4-3.

Those would have given her a chance to serve for the match. Instead, Lisicki held, broke again and converted her second match point with a forehand winner.

Williams gave credit to Lisicki's dominant serve, which she said consistently reached 120 mph.

"On the grass, with the surface being a lot faster, it's going to be more difficult to break her," Williams said.

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