Another day at Wimbledon and another tennis god has been slain.
Maria Sharapova—the top-seeded woman—was eliminated on Monday, making her the latest elite player to bow out of the All-England club. Now, she can join Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur and Li Na in the audience.
Sharapova—the 2012 French Open winner—was absolutely stomped by Sabine Lisicki on a wet and rainy day at Wimbledon. Lisicki beat Sharapova 6-4, 6-3—avenging her loss to the world's No. 1 player in last year's semifinals.
It was a dominant performance from the strong-serving Lisicki, and according to ESPN Stats & Info, Sharapova's exit is yet another testament to the instability at the top of women's tennis.
Maria Sharapova's loss today marks the 5th time in the last 6 yrs the No. 1 seed fails to reach the final on the women's side at Wimbledon— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 2, 2012
We were almost treated to even more upsets at the top of the women's bracket, as No. 4 Petra Kvitova and No. 6 Serena Williams both struggled in their Round of 16 matches.
Kvitova lost her first set to Francesca Schiavone before rebounding to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Meanwhile, Williams—a four-time Wimbledon champ—was pushed to the limit by Yaroslava Shvedova. She eventually won the grueling three-set match 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Williams and Kvitova will play each other in the quarterfinals.
On the men's side of the bracket, the top-seeds rolled.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-1, 6-3—moving one step closer towards defending his 2011 Wimbledon title. Djokovic has lost just one set in four matches at this year's tournament.
Meanwhile, No. 3 Roger Federer fought through a back injury to beat Xavier Malisse 7-6 (1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. He will face Mikhail Youzhny in the quarterfinals, and if everything goes according to plan, he will meet Djokovic in the semis.
The rest of the men's bracket is largely undecided, as five matches were delayed because of rain.
American Mardy Fish is currently leading No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 1-1, while No. 4 Andy Murray is beating Marin Cilic 7-5, 3-1. Florian Mayer is also ahead in his match, as he is currently up 6-3, 2-1 on Richard Gasquet.
Two matches—Brian Baker vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber and No. 7 David Ferrer vs. No. 9 Juan Martin del Potro—never got underway. They will play their matches on Tuesday.
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