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Lisicki shocks Serena
Top seed bows out in fourth round; Li, Ferrer enter quarterfinals London: Defending champion Serena Williams was eliminated in the fourth round of...
Top seed bows out in fourth round; Li, Ferrer enter quarterfinals London: Defending champion Serena Williams was eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, failing to close out a see-saw third set before losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. The loss ends Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to win 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 up 5-4. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner. Former champion Petra Kvitova became the first player to reach the quarterfinals at this year's Wimbledon, beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-3. 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. Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second successive year on Monday while Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot set-up an all-Polish showdown for a place in the last four. In the men's category, Ferrer fired 53 winners in his 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, 6-1 win over Croatia's unseeded Ivan Dodig and goes on to tackle either Argentine eighth seed Juan Martin del Potro or Andreas Seppi, the 23rd seeded Italian. The 31-year-old Ferrer, who was defeated in the French Open final by compatriot Rafael Nadal last month, will be playing in his seventh consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. Janowicz, the 24th seed, defeated 31-year-old Jurgen Melzer, who was hoping to become the first Austrian man to reach the last eight. The 22-year-old Janowicz's 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win was based on 16 aces and 34 winners as he reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal. He was joined in the last eight just moments later when 31-year-old Kubot, the lowest-ranked player left at 130 in the world, defeated France's 111-ranked Adrian Mannarino, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The last Pole to reach the last-eight at Wimbledon was Wojtek Fibak in 1980. Chinese sixth seed Li Na raced into the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of Italian 11th seed Roberta Vinci on Monday. In contrast to her topsy-turvy two previous matches, which both went to three sets, the 2011 French Open champion took just 55 minutes to get past her fourth round opponent. Mixed day for Indians London (PTI): India had a decent outing at the Wimbledon with Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi progressing to the quarterfinals of the men's doubles event with their respective partners even as Sania Mirza crashed out of the women's doubles competition, here on Monday. Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France stunned the third seeded pair of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares to breeze into the men's doubles quarterfinals, while Bhupathi and Austrian Julian Knowle defeated Canadian combination of Jesse Levine and Vasek Pospisil. The 14th seeded pair of Bopanna and Edouard shocked the fancied Austrian-Brazilian pair 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in two hours and 17 minutes. Eight seeded pair of Bhupathi and Knowle also had to play a four setter to get the better of unseeded Levine and Pospisil 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and five minutes. However, there was a bad news for India in the women's doubles competition as Sania and Liezel Huber exited in the third round. The sixth seeded Indo-American pair was shocked 2-6, 6-3, 2-6 by unseeded Japanese-South African combination of Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers.