The women’s top seed, world #1, and overwhelmingly heavy favorite to win the title, Serena Williams, was upset by the tournament’s latest giant killer, Sabine Lisicki of Germany, the number 23 seed. Williams dropped the first set, but regained her dominant form, even going up a break in the third to lead 3-1. Usually, that’s enough for Serena to cruise to the finish line. But the German, who has a strong grass game and perhaps the best serve in the women’s game after Williams, refused to yield. She fought back hard, eventually taking the third, and the match: 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
Lisicki is no stranger to knocking out champions at SW19. She has now beaten the reigning French Open winner at Wimbledon for the fourth year in a row: Svetlana Kuznetzova (2009,) Li Na (2011,) Maria Sharapova (2012,) and now Serena, who won her second Roland Garros trophy just three weeks ago. With today’s win, Lisicki also snapped Williams’ 34-match winning streak, the longest of her career. The highest seed now left in the draw is Agnieszka Radwanska (4) of Poland.
On the men’s side, the top seeds Novak Djokovic (1) and Andy Murray (2) got through their matches in straight sets, stanching the flow of upsets in a tournament already rife with them — at least for today.