Another Wimbledon upset: Serena Williams loses — why?

Serena Williams' serve failed in her the crunch. Photo: Dejected Serena Williams defeated by Germany's Sabine Lisicki AP photo

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 — Just when you thought things couldn’t get any wilder and weirder at Wimbledon than they did last week, defending champion and five-time Wimbledon winner, Serena Williams was toppled by Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round. The loss has ended Williams’ 34-match winning streak.

Powerhouse players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka have all exited Wimbledon, stunning tennis fans everywhere. And now Serena.

Despite her four break points, Serena was literally no match for Lisicki, who wept with joy after the match. “I’m still shaking. I’m just so happy,” she said through tears.

So what went wrong for Serena, the darling of the Centre Court? Her serve, usually a brutal weapon on the court as any opponent can tell you, failed her.

Serena explained it this way: “I felt that I was on the verge of winning. At that point I just was physically unable to hold serve. You have to be ready and willing to hold your serve. I wasn’t willing or able, probably didn’t even want to hold my serve today.”

Britain’s Laura Robson, whom many thought would meet Serena in the Women’s Finals, also lost today to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 7-6, 7-5. Kanepi and Lisicki will now meet in the Quarterfinals Tuesday.

Meanwhile No. 1 seed Serbian Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Brit Andy Murray are still standing and normally would be the odds on favorites to meet in the Men’s Finals. But with Wimbledon fast becoming the graveyard of champs, who knows who will still be standing, much playing on Sunday. 

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