Williams lost to Alize Cornet in three sets on Saturday, and the early exit signals yet another poor showing at the All England Club for one of the best women's competitors in the sport (she was knocked out in Round 4 last year).
Several ladies were upset on Monday, following in the unfortunate footsteps of the younger Williams sister. One top competitor didn't even get to take the court on Monday, however, as Maria Sharapova's match against Angelique Kerber was postponed due to rain:
Nets coming down and covers are on No. 1 Court, which means Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber have been cancelled. Will play Tuesday.— SI Tennis (@SI_Tennis) June 30, 2014
Below is a look at the results from singles action in Day 7, as well as some of the top stories of the day.
|No. 19 Feliciano Lopez def. No. 9 John Isner||6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5|
|No. 5 Stan Wawrinka def. Denis Istomin||6-3, 6-3, 6-4|
|No. 10 Kei Nishikori def. Simone Bolelli||3-6, 6-3, 4-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4|
|No. 26 Marin Cilic def. Jeremy Chardy||7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-4|
|No. 11 Gregor Dimitrov def. Leonardo Mayer||6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2|
|No. 3 Andy Murray def. No. 20 Kevin Anderson||6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)|
|No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)|
|Yaroslava Shvedova def. Madison Keys||Retired|
|No. 19 Sabine Lisicki def. No. 11 Ana Ivanovic||6-4, 3-6, 6-1|
|No. 23 Lucie Safarova def. Tereza Smitkova||6-0, 6-2|
|No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova||6-2, 7-5|
|No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard def. No. 25 Alize Cornet||7-6 (7-5), 7-5|
|No. 6 Petra Kvitova def. Shuai Peng||6-3, 6-2|
|No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova def. No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska||6-3, 6-0|
|No. 5 Maria Sharapova vs. No. 9 Angelique Kerber||Postponed|
Postponed matches will be played on Tuesday. For full Day 7 results, including doubles action, click here, courtesy of Wimbledon.com.
John Isner Falls to Feliciano Lopez
John Isner was the lone American remaining at the All England Club entering action on Monday, but Spaniard Feliciano Lopez made sure that there would be no more Americans in the tournament moving forward.
Lopez ousted Isner, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5, after the American displayed very good form in the first two rounds of Wimbledon.
The loss was shocking for two reasons. For one, Isner recorded 52 aces, normally a total strong enough to defeat any competitor. He failed in tiebreaks, however. That's an area of the game he usually excels in, especially after he won a marathon tiebreak, 19-17, over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in Round 2.
Following that marathon set, Isner spoke to ESPN Tennis about his prowess in tiebreaks:
"I always have a lot of adrenaline and I'm always serving my best." - American John Isner talks tiebreaks http://t.co/H9n8AHN9Q1— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) June 30, 2014
Now, Isner will need to look back at the film to see where he went wrong. Lopez played an emotional match, so the adrenaline of facing a difficult opponent may have been enough to get him into the next round. Stanislas Wawrinka, the winner of the Australian Open, is his next opponent.
Nevertheless, the No. 9 seed Isner sees his tournament come to an early end. He has only reached the quarterfinals of a major once in his career (2011 U.S. Open).
Agnieszka Radwanska Upset by Ekaterina Makarova
The top seeds in the ladies' draw are dropping like flies. Williams (No. 1) and Li Na (No. 2) are already out of the competition, and now Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 4) is as well.
Radwanska was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2012 and made it to the semifinals in 2013. That made her one of the favorites in this crowded field this year.
Ekaterina Makarova was simply stellar, however, and Vivienne Christie of Wimbledon.com wrote about how strong she was:
The 26-year-old Russian was superior in every department, taking just 53 minutes to outclass an opponent ranked 16 places higher. Hitting 24 winners to Radwanksa’s 10 and recording only six unforced errors, she claimed a break of serve in the seventh game of the first set and quickly strengthened her winning position in the second set by racing to a 3-0 lead and then breaking the Pole’s serve to love.
The upset comes as a shock, even though Makarova is the No. 22 seed in the tournament. Her best career finish at Wimbledon prior to this victory is the third round, an accomplishment she achieved just last year.
She'll now move on to face Lucie Safarova in the quarters.
Caroline Wozniacki Loses to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
Former ladies No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki fell in the fourth round to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Monday, and she wasn't happy with the pace of play. She felt like her competitor was taking more than the 20 seconds allowed between points, and she told the Associated Press that she would be in favor of a shot clock, via Tennis.com:
I thought she was very slow. But I guess the referee, she has the time on it. If she's within the time, I guess it's OK.
I wouldn't mind [a shot clock]. You have a clock. It shows exactly how much time you take in between points.
While the pace of play might have messed with Wozniacki's own pace during the match, that doesn't excuse her play. She lost in straight sets, 2-6, 5-7.
Zahlavova Strycova will take the result, regardless of the controversy surrounding how long she took. She was shocked that she won against Wozniacki, via Wimbledon's official Twitter:
This marks quite the run for the Czech, as she was responsible for ousting Li Na in the previous round. It's worth watching to see if she'll continue this stellar run in the next round.
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