Day 7 had a few upsets in the women’s side. The biggest one was Maria Sharapova, who lost in straight sets-6-4, 6-3 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Sharapova never really looked comfortable playing againt the 15th ranked player. Lisicki went after her shots, hitting big whenever she could. Another thing that worked against Sharapova? The windy conditions. She was unable to serve as well and had many double faults. Most people had picked Sharapova as the favorite to win Wimbledon. As a result of this loss, Sharapova will lose her number one ranking to Victoria Azarenka.
Kim Clijsters is another grand slam winner who lost on Day 8. She also lost to a German player, Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-1. This was Clijsters’ last Wimbledon. She will retire after the US Open, which is next month. Clijsters made 9 appearances in Wimbledon and made it to the SFs twice. This time she wasn’t able play as well as she would’ve liked. Overall, Kerber was the much better player. She will be facing Lisicki in the QFs.
Roger Federer struggled a little bit in the first set of his fourth round match with Xavier Malisse and even lost the third set, but was able to win in four sets to make it to the QFs. During the first set, Federer took a medical time out, which is something he almost never does. He’s one of the few players on tour who’s been able to stay healthy for so long. In fact, he’s never retired from any of his matches during his years as a professional. He was able to overcome his back problem to win this match. Next up for him is Mikhail Youhzny. Victoria Azarenka’s fourth round opponent, Ana Ivanovic, didn’t give her any problems. Azarenka won the match 6-1, 6-0. Novak Djokovic also had an easy match. He beat his Olympics doubles partner, Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
Serena Williams had another tough match. This time against Yaroslava Shvedova. She won in three sets agaisnt her, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5. She will be playing Petra Kvitova. Kvitova also had a hard time in her match. She was playing Francesca Schiavone and like Williams, won in three sets.
Many of the matches, including a few of the men’s fourth round matches, were canceled because of the rain. These matches will be played on Day 9. Wimbledon is being shown on ESPN and ESPN 2.