Most of the top seeds advanced on Monday at Wimbledon, but one match in particular was a shocker.
Pegged by many to win her second consecutive Wimbledon title, world No. 1 Serena Williams fell to No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki at the All England Club, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. As for the rest of the women, top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na and Petra Kvitova all advanced.
On the men's side, top seeds Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro advanced.
Here's a look at the schedule for Day 8 of Wimbledon 2013, complete with a breakdown of the top three matches.
TV Schedule (via Tennis.com)
|Tuesday, July 2||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN2|
|Tuesday, July 2||8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Centre Court)||Quarterfinals||ESPN|
|Date||Time (ET)||Round||Live Stream|
|Tuesday, July 2||7 a.m.||Quarterfinals||ESPN3|
Top Matches and Predictions
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) vs. Li Na (6)
Both players have endured two three-setters in the tournament, but Na is coming off a straight-sets victory over No. 11 seed Roberta Vinci, while Radwanska is coming off a three-setter against Tsvetana Pironkova.
Radwanska had reached the quarterfinals or better in three of her last five Wimbledon appearances (including the final last year), while Na had reached the quarterfinals twice in six career appearances.
This is an incredibly difficult match to predict, but I'm going with Radwanska on grass.
Prediction: Radwanska 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Kirsten Flipkens (20)
As for Flipkens, this is the first time she's advanced past the third round in five career appearances. In her last appearance at Wimbledon in 2011, the 27-year-old Belgian fell in the first round.
While Flipkens owns the advantage in head-to-head matchups ahead of Tuesday's clash, Kvitova has to be the choice here.
Prediction: 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Sloane Stephens (17) vs. Marion Bartoli (15)
Bartoli has played very well so far, defeating all four of her opponents in straight sets. That includes a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Karin Knapp in the fourth round. Stephens' last three matches have gone three sets.
Stephens is just beginning to show her vast potential. On the flip side, Bartoli, 28, has been doing this for years. I like Bartoli's experience over Stephens, at least this year.
Tennis writer Lindsay Gibbs quipped:
Sloane Stephens will play Marion Bartoli for a place in the Top 10 and the Wimbledon semifinals. It's like a WTA mad-lib.— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) July 1, 2013
Prediction: Bartoli 7-5, 2-6, 6-3