Serena stunned by Lisicki at Wimbledon

LONDON - Germany's Sabine Lisicki caused one of the biggest shocks in recent history in the women's event as she upended five-times champion Serena Williams 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday.

The 24th-seeded German trailed 3-0 in the final set but stormed back to dump out the world No1 and end the American's winning streak at 34 matches.

As Lisicki's final forehand slid away for a winner on her second match point, she fell face down into the grass on Centre Court.

Williams had been the overwhelming favourite for the title and despite looking tight and nervous at times, seemed a certain winner when she put together nine straight games to level the match and lead 3-0 in the third.

But Lisicki fought back brilliantly and, as Williams faltered, she served out for victory, a place in the last eight and the biggest win of her career.

It was billed as the battle of the serves but at first it seemed more like a battle of nerve and unusually Williams was found wanting.

Visibly tense, her footwork was sluggish, her serve was off and her returns were wayward.

Lisicki, the No24 seed and a semi-finalist here three years ago, had beaten the reigning French Open champion three times here in the last four years and seemed in the mood to do it again as she broke twice to take the opening set, pounding heavy serves and belting returns to the feet of the American.

Williams was fretting, shouting at herself and generally seemed tight but as she has done so many times during her career, she found her game when she needed it most.

Cutting out the errors, she strung together 14 straight points from 0-1 in the second set to take charge and she won nine straight games to level and then surge ahead 3-0 in the third.

The match looked over but, out of nowhere, Williams got tight again and began to push, allowing Lisicki back in.

The American led 4-2 in the third but Lisicki broke back again to get back on terms at 3-4, leaving the five-time champion on the ground with a stunning forehand pass.

Lisicki saved four break points to hold from 0-40 in the next game and when Williams dumped an easy smash into the net she had the vital break.

Serving for the match at 5-4, she missed one match point through a forehand error but held her nerve on the second to put a forehand away and end the American's hopes. – Press Association

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