Wimbledon 2013 Scores: Most Shocking Results From Day 3
When Rafael Nadal was ousted by World No. 135 Steve Darcis on Day 1 of Wimbledon, most figured that was going to be the most shocking moment of the tournament.
Now it's just one of many.
After a plain (Her?) Day 2 at the All England Club, Wednesday was littered with upsets.
With the help of several injuries that caused Marin Cilic to call it a "very black day," we saw Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Jelena Jankovic, Cilic, Caroline Wozniacki, Lleyton Hewitt, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer all knocked out of the prestigious tournament.
Perhaps we can just create a loser's bracket with all of the players who have lost in the first two rounds? That might be nearly as scintillating as the real thing.
Now that one of the most unforgettable days of the year is in the books, let's take a closer look at the most unbelievable early exits.
Note: You can find a complete list of results at Wimbledon.com
Sergiy Stakhovsky defeats Roger Federer 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5, 7-6(5)
Might as well start with the obvious.
Roger Federer is Wimbledon. Wimbledon is Roger Federer. Finkle is Einhorn.
Per ESPN Stats & Info:
Roger Federer: 67 Wimbledon match wins entering Wednesday, 4 shy of tying Boris Becker for 2nd in Open Era #ESPNWimbledon— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 26, 2013
Moreover, he has seven titles at the All England Club and, coming into Wednesday, a better than 90 percent winning percentage there.
Will Roger Federer win another major
Sure, it's been a down year for him. But Fed-Ex on the grass is as much of a lock as you can get (except for Nadal on clay). At the very least, the defending champ was supposed to extend his streak of 36 straight quarterfinal appearances at majors.
Not lose to a guy who is ranked 116th in the world and who doesn't know what it's like to be past the second round of Wimbledon
Sergiy Stakhovsky deserves all the credit in the world for taking out arguably the best of all time, but not even Miss Cleo saw this one coming.
Michelle Larcher De Brito defeats Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4
Just before the start of Wimbledon, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova got into a little spat, causing people to dream of an epic final between the two in which they battle not only for a major title, but also for bragging rights.
Three days in, and it's so much for that.
Thanks for ruining our dreams, Sharapova.
Wimbledon has never been all that kind to the 26-year-old. She beat Williams way back in 2004, but she was eliminated in the second round in 2008 and 2009 and has now made it to the quarters at the All England Club just once in the past seven years.
Still, the way in which she lost to World No. 131 Michelle Larcher De Brito was far from expected.
Sharapova earned just one break, hit double the amount of unforced errors as De Brito and was swept in fairly easy fashion.
Ernests Gulbis defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Ret.
While it was Tsonga's withdrawal because of a left knee injury that ended the match, it's worth noting that Gulbis was ahead at the time.
Injury or not, this was still a shocking match.
The 28-year-old came into England playing very good tennis, as he made the quarters in Australia and the semis at Roland Garros. Moreover, grass has been the big man's best surface—he has made it to the semis at Wimbledon the past two years.
This one isn't as much of a surprise as the previous two—Gulbis is currently ranked 39th in the world—but it still raised plenty of eyebrows on a day full of chaos.
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