Sharapova Ousted In Fourth Round of Wimbledon
World No. 1 Maria Sharapova fell to World No. 15 Sabine Lisicki in their fourth round match at Wimbledon, Lisicki prevailing in straight sets, 6‑4, 6‑3.
“She did many things much better than I did today,” Sharapova said after the match. “I was down 2‑5, got back on serve, and I had opportunities for it to be 5‑All. Played a few sloppy points and she raised her level. That just wasn’t a good combination for me. And that was the first set. She came after the rain delay really firing.”
Lisicki served well, firing off six aces in her victory, but returning was the key to her win. She won 47% of Sharapova’s service points, and broke Sharapova four times.
“I felt very good even in the start of the first set already,” Lisicki said. “I felt like I’m hitting the balls very clean. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. When I took the first set, it obviously gives you another lift, more confidence. As soon as I got the break in the second set, I knew I’m going to take it home.”
Lisicki will face her German countrywoman, World No. 8 Angelique Kerber, in the quarterfinals.