Serena Williams loses in the fourth round at Wimbledon
LONDON (AP) — Defending champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, failing to close out a see-saw third set and falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
The loss, another major upset at Wimbeldon, ended Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club.
Williams was up a break twice in the third set but Lisicki fought back both times and broke again to go ahead. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner.
Former champion Petra Kvitova became the first player to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Monday.
She was joined minutes later by Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who reached her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal by ousting Flavia Pennetta of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-3 – a year after her ranking plummeted as low as 262nd because of injuries.
In a busy day at Wimbledon, all remaining men and women were set to play their fourth-round matches.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is playing on Centre Court later, along with second-seeded Andy Murray.
Kvitova served for the first set at 6-5, but was broken at love and then lost four straight points in the tiebreaker to trail 4-3.
But she capitalized on a couple of errors by the Spaniard and converted her first set point when Suarez Navarro netted a backhand.
In the second set, she broke to lead 4-2, and served out the match at love when Suarez Navarro sent a forehand long.
The 18th-ranked Suarez Navarro was the first Spanish woman since 2001 to reach the fourth round at the All England Club.
Kvitova will next play Flipkens, whose career-best Grand Slam showing comes after she had much of 2012 ruined by injuries, including blood clots in her calf.
She missed last year’s Wimbledon, but has bounced back this year and is ranked 20th.
After clinching the win against Pennetta with an overhead smash, Flipkens fell on her back on the grass, covering her face with her hands in apparent disbelief.
Li Na routed Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-0 Monday to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the third time.
The 31-year-old Chinese player broke the 30-year-old Vinci six times to wrap up the win in just 55 minutes on Court 3.
The sixth-seeded Li will next play the winner between No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.
The 11th-seeded Vinci was trying to make her first Wimbledon quarterfinal, having also reached the fourth round last year.
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer overcame another slow start to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
Having trailed twice in the previous round before winning in five sets, Ferrer struggled initially to create opportunities on Dodig’s serve and was two points from going two sets down.
But he dominated the final two sets, breaking Dodig five times and clinching the match with a forehand winner.
Coming off his first career Grand Slam final at the French Open, Ferrer reached his second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal.
He will play the winner between No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro and Andreas Seppi.
Laura Robson failed in her quest to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1984, falling 7-6 (6), 7-5 in an error-filled match to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Robson, the first British woman to reach the second week at Wimbledon since 1998, was ahead 5-2 in the first-set tiebreaker Monday but lost six of the next seven points.
Serving at 5-4, she hit her first try about five feet long, then bounced the second serve into the net.
Robson, ranked 38th, finished with 24 unforced errors with only 27 winners, as she had trouble harnessing her forehand.
Kanepi, ranked 46th, moves into her fifth Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Jo Durie remains the last British woman to make the Wimbledon quarters, 29 years ago.