Wimbledon 2013 Results: Most Shocking Outcomes at All England Club so Far
The 2013 Wimbledon tournament could very well go down as the most shocking in the history of the Grand Slam event.
Top seeds on both the women's and men's sides of the draw have seen championship dreams turn into early-exit nightmares at the All England Club, and injuries have only added to the level of surprise with each upset and final score from this year's matches.
While it's true that seven of the women's players still alive in the tournament quarterfinals are seeded in the top 30 and six of the eight men still around in the men's draw are also in that same class, it's hard to pinpoint a scenario at Wimbledon, short of every top seed losing, that would have been more surprising.
As we move toward the completion of an absolutely stunning Wimbledon this year, here's a look at the most shocking outcomes of the tournament so far.
*For a complete look at the results from the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, click here (via Wimbledon.com).
Day 8 Wimbledon Results
|Sabine Lisicki (23) def. Kaia Kanepi||6-3, 6-3|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (4) def. Li Na (6)||7-6, 4-6, 6-2|
|Marion Bartoli (15) def. Sloane Stephens (17)||6-4, 7-5|
|Kirsten Flipkens (20) def. Petra Kvitova (8)||4-6, 6-3, 6-4|
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. Roger Federer (6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-7) in Round 2
The narrative on Roger Federer both on and off the tennis court continues to center around his impending decline, and matches like this one in the second round at Wimbledon have done nothing to dismiss that conversation.
Federer fell in stunning fashion to Stakhovsky in Round 2, and as you can see by this tweet from Wimbledon's official Twitter account, there was no shortage of sadness as FedEx lost out on a bid to become the first eight-time Wimbledon winner:
A round after knocking out Roger Federer, Sergiy Stakhovsky loses in 4 sets to Jurgen Melzer in the 3rd round at Wimbledon— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 28, 2013
Maybe the most disappointing aspect of Federer's early loss was that his opponent fell in the same fashion in the next round (via ESPN's Stats & Info):
Federer will next be seen at the Swiss Open (h/t AP via ESPN), but he'll need a strong showing in his next few matches out before the U.S. Open to cast doubters aside before his next Grand Slam appearance.
Michelle Larcher de Brito def. Maria Sharapova (6-3, 6-4) in Round 2
Something was off about Maria Sharapova during her two-round stint at Wimbledon this year, and Michelle Larcher de Brito wasted no time in showing that to the world in the second round of the women's draw.
Larcher de Brito took down the one-time Wimbledon champion in straight sets, prompting former tennis star Annabel Croft to recognize that Sharapova's personal life might be getting in the way of her game.
In an interview with Judith Woods of The Telegraph, Croft thought that Sharapova's relationship with Grigor Dimitrov is keeping her from having 100 percent focus on the task at hand—winning tennis matches.
She points to Sharapova's post-match interviews and lack of forced disappointment as signs that the Russian star is "lost," and if you look back at the tape from the match against Larcher de Brito, you won't be able to mount much of an argument against her.
Sharapova has now failed to reach the quarterfinals at two-straight Wimbledons, and her lone appearance in the finals in 2011 is the only appearance past that point that stops her from carrying home seven-straight such finishes this year at the All England Club.
What once looked like the start of a blossoming career on grass in 2004 has been anything but for Sharapova since her first Grand Slam.
Steve Darcis def. Rafael Nadal (7-6, 7-6, 6-4) in Round 1
The French Open champion was ousted this year at Wimbledon before his tournament ever really began.
Coming off of his record eighth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, Nadal was aiming for his third career Wimbledon championship and first back-to-back Grand Slam title since completing the task of winning the U.S. Open in the wake of his 2010 championship at the All England Club.
Darcis made quick work of those hopes, taking down the Spaniard in straight sets in the first round.
To make matters worse, Darcis would withdraw from the tournament with a shoulder injury that rendered him unable to compete after his best career victory at a major championship (via BBC Sport):
It's clear that both Federer and Nadal have work to do before the U.S. Open later this year.
Sabine Lisicki def. Serena Williams (6-2, 1-6, 6-4) in Round 4
Wimbledon's Twitter account said it best:
Lisicki, who moved on to the Wimbledon semifinals with a win over Kaia Kanepi Tuesday, picked up one of the best wins of her career the previous match out.
Taking on perennial Wimbledon favorite Serena Williams, the German completed a three-set win over the defending champion and sent shockwaves through the tennis community—something hard to do if you look at everything that's happened in London so far.
The win put Lisicki on a fast track to the tournament final, which was a path she continued to travel on after her quarterfinal win over Kanepi Tuesday.
There have been some true shockers so far at the 2013 Wimbledon championships, but beating Serena—and climbing back after being dominated in the second set—has to reign supreme for the No. 23 ranked player in the world.
Stay tuned to the All England Club—more upsets are likely still to come.
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