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Lisicki Ends Serena`s Reign

02-Jul-2013 / 3:31 pm
Kerala Updates: Sabine Lisicki ended Serena Williams` reign as Wimbledon champion as the German 23rd seed clinched a stunning 6-2 1-6 6-4 victory over the world number one in the fourth round here on Monday.Lisicki, who plays Estonia`s Kaia Kanepi for a place in the last four, has an impressive Wimbledon record, reaching the quarter finals three times and the last four in 2011, but this incredible upset on Centre Court was by far her greatest achievement at the All England Club.The 23 year old has failed to make it past the fourth round in 16 Grand Slam appearances outside Wimbledon, but she comes alive on the grass courts and has now beaten the reigning French Open champion in each of her last four visits to south west London.
Lisicki said that she is still shaking, she is so happy.Serena played a fantastic match. She`s such a tough opponent and it`s just an amazing feeling to win.The crowd was so amazing. She love this court so much, it`s such a special place for her. Serena then added that she didn`t play the big points well enough. She didn`t do what she do best. She think she had a little hesitation and that explains it.She definitely had her opportunities and she didn`t take them. Maybe she backed off a little bit at some points.Her remarkable victory was no fluke. Despite facing the most ferocious hitter in the history of women`s tennis, Lisicki matched Serena blow for blow, unloading more winners and serving more aces than the five time Wimbledon champion in two hours and four minutes of high drama.
Lisicki wasn`t deterred and she kept the pressure on Williams, earning another break point in the sixth game which she converted when the American blazed a forehand wide.Serena appeared rattled, gesticulating to her French coach Patrick Mouratoglou and swiping at the turf in frustration as Lisicki punished another shaky service game.By the time Lisicki closed out the set, she had won four games in a row.Serena hit back, breaking to love in the third game of the second set during a run of 14 successive points for the American.She took the set with two more breaks and by the time Williams moved into a 3-0 lead in the deciding set she had won nine consecutive games.Lisicki couldn`t convert her first match point, sending a forehand long. A double-fault then gifted Serena a break point, but the German saved it with an ace.Another big serve brought Lisicki a second match point and this time she seized her chance, finishing off an epic upset with a flashing winner.
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