The second week at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships opened up with a bang on Monday as Germany's Sabine Lisicki upset No. 1 seed and defending women's champion Serena Williams on Centre Court.
Williams' three-set loss marks the second time in three years that she has been bounced from the round of 16 at the All England Club. But the loss is her first in months. She was in the midst of a 34-match winning streak coming in.
For the 23rd-seeded Lisicki, Monday's unforgettable win signals her fourth Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance in her last four tries.
But Lisicki wasn't the only big winner on Monday at the All England Club.
Here we'll get you up to speed on what unfolded on Day 7 at Wimbledon.
Day 7 Singles Scores
|Novak Djokovic (1) defeats Tommy Haas (13)||6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)|
|Andy Murray (2) defeats Mikhail Youzhny (20)||6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1|
|David Ferrer (4) defeats Ivan Dodig||6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-1|
|Tomas Berdych (7) defeats Bernard Tomic||7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4|
|Juan Martin del Potro (8) defeats Andreas Seppi (23)||6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3|
|Jerzy Janowicz (24) defeats Jurgen Melzer||3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4|
|Fernando Verdasco defeats Kenny de Schepper||6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Lukasz Kubot defeats Adrian Mannarino||4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Sabine Lisicki (23) defeats Serena Williams (1)||6-2, 1-6, 6-4|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (4) defeats Tsvetana Pironkova||4-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|Li Na (6) defeats Roberta Vinci (11)||6-2, 6-0|
|Petra Kvitova (8) defeats Carla Suarez Navarro (19)||7-6 (7-5), 6-3|
|Marion Bartoli (15) defeats Karin Knapp||6-2, 6-3|
|Sloane Stephens (17) defeats Monica Puig||4-6, 7-5, 6-1|
|Kirsten Flipkens (20) defeats Flavia Pennetta||7-6 (7-2), 6-3|
|Kaia Kanepi defeats Laura Robson||7-6 (8-6), 7-5|
Serena Williams Suffers First Loss in Months
Sabine Lisicki shocked the sports world on Monday afternoon in London, knocking off overall top seed and odds-on favorite Serena Williams at Wimbledon, surviving a thrilling back-and-forth match to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the post-match press conference, Williams was quick to credit Lisicki and acknowledge that there is plenty of room for improvement.
The match featured several huge momentum swings as Lisicki won the first set easily only to drop the second set in less than a half hour.
In the decisive third set, Williams got an early break to take a commanding lead 3-0 lead. But just when it looked as if the five-time Wimbledon champion was going to finish off the comeback, Lisicki discovered her rhythm and Williams got tight as the challenger pulled even at 4-4.
Lisicki would go on to win the final two games and the match, busting the women's draw wide open.
The match was incredibly even, as evidenced by the point totals for each player, via the Wimbledon Twitter feed:
Andy Murray Reaches Quarterfinals for Sixth Straight Year
For the sixth time in as many years, Andy Murray is into the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. The 2012 finalist had little trouble disposing of 20th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny on Monday afternoon at the All England Club, pulling out a straight-sets win.
Murray recorded 45 winners to just 16 unforced errors and won more than 80 percent of his first-serve points for the match. The world No. 2 was also superb at the net, where he won 31 of 42 points.
Up next, Murray will take on Fernando Verdasco. Both players will have a day to prepare. But just because he'll be the favorite, don't expect Murray to take his opponent lightly, via the tournament's Twitter feed:
Novak Djokovic Avoids Tommy Haas' Upset Bid
Men's overall top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Tommy Haas in Monday's final match on Centre Court, taking out the 35-year-old in straight sets to book a spot in the quarterfinals, via the tournament's Twitter handle:
Djokovic was able to get out of some trouble early on in the first set, adding to this impressive stat (via ESPN Tennis):
The 2011 Wimbledon champion would take the opening frame 6-1 in under a half an hour, breaking Haas three times. Djokovic was finally broken for the first time in the second set, but he recorded seven aces to win the set and put Haas in a two-sets-to-love hole.
Djokovic continued to roll in the third set, striking clean winners and forcing Haas to play on his heels before the German ultimately fought back one last time, breaking and holding serve late to force a tiebreak.
But Djokovic came out strong in the tiebreak, taking a quick lead and never looking back to finish off Haas in straight sets. With the win, Djoker is headed to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the fifth straight year.
He'll play 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych in the quarters.
Polish Underdogs Keep Memorable Run Alive
A pair of Polish underdogs are through to the men's quarterfinals this summer after both Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot won in five sets on Monday.
Janowicz, who is seeded 24th in the men's draw in 2013, defeated Austria's Jurgen Melzer in a five-set thriller. Although you wouldn't believe it based on how well the 22-year-old is playing, this is just his fifth career appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
Janowicz's quarterfinal opponent on Wednesday will be countryman Lukasz Kubot, the current world No. 130 who knocked off Adrian Mannarino on Monday in another epic match that went the distance.
The 31-year-old Kubot reached the round of 16 at the All England Club two years ago but had never advanced to the quarterfinals of a major tournament until Monday.
Handful of Women's Contenders Advance
While 23rd-seeded female Sabine Lisicki was the big winner on Day 7, a number of women's contenders advanced to the quarterfinals, headlined by world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who is now the highest seed remaining in the women's draw.
But the 2012 Wimbledon finalist isn't the only top seed still in the mix. Li Na and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon two years ago, were both big winners on Monday, advancing with straight-sets wins.
Joining those three stars in the quarterfinals are 2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli and 17th-seeded American Sloane Stephens.
Bartoli cruised past Karin Knapp while Stephens battled back from a set down to defeat unseeded Puerto Rican teenager Monica Puig.
Kirsten Flipkens and Kaia Kanepi round out the last eight women standing heading into Tuesday's quarterfinal action.
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