It took a while for the upsets to start coming, but the 2014 Wimbledon tournament is finally starting to yield the shocking results that we're used to from the All England Club.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams were all eliminated earlier than expected at last year's Wimbledon, and the same can be said this year for Williams. She was unable to get past No. 25 Alize Cornet in the third round.
Federer is still going strong, but Nadal went down against Nick Kyrgios on Tuesday. Nadal's loss was shocking, and Federer now has a much clearer path to the finals.
A few other favorites have already been eliminated, however, and the results of those matches were definitely ones that we didn't see coming. Below I'll break down the top three upsets of Wimbledon so far.
No. 9 Angelique Kerber def. No. 5 Maria Sharapova
Despite dropping six match points in the final set, Angelique Kerber was able to deliver the stunning upset over Maria Sharapova.
CBS Sports' Mike Singer broke down the final moments of the match:
Down 5-2 in the final set, Sharapova won her next game, then broke Kerber to remain on serve at 5-4. Down 40-0, Sharapova battled back, staving off match point after match point, before she finally drilled a backhand long to give Kerber her first victory over a top-5 opponent at a major.
The match was entertaining for both competitors and analysts alike. Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times had a particularly good time watching the action:
EPIC point gives Angelique Kerber a seventh match point. This is stupidly fun stuff. #Wimbledon— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 1, 2014
Kerber, who will now face Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the quarterfinals, was focusing on herself during the match. Instead of putting all her attention on Sharapova, she chose to monitor her own game closely, via Singer:
We played on a really high level, everything was so close. I'm just happy that I won. She's a great player, she played so well on grass. I was just fighting and concentrating on myself. I'm so happy to be in the quarters now. When I had the three match points in a row, and it was deuce, I just tried to focus on myself and just said to myself, believe in your game. Just try and hit the ball, be aggressive.
Sharapova's loss is shocking, especially considering her high level of recent success. She displayed dominance in Roland Garros at the 2014 French Open, and she had yet to appear vulnerable in London.
Kerber did nearly everything right, however, and that's why she'll be moving on in the tournament.
No. 25 Alize Cornet def. No. 1 Serena Williams
Prior to her match against Cornet, the younger Williams sister had looked great in Wimbledon. The opposition had yet to really push her too hard, and it looked like she would have no trouble with Cornet.
Cornet was fantastic, however, and Williams was unable to outlast her. She took the final two sets to win the match, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
After dominating the first set, Williams looked lost the rest of the way. She converted only 66 percent of her first serves and won only 30 percent of her second-serve points. Those aren't marks she is accustomed to, and they usually aren't marks that will net you a victory.
Even more shocking is that the struggles Williams experienced against Cornet are part of a larger trend. ESPN Stats & Info provided this fact following the loss:
Serena Williams loses in 3rd round- has not made quarterfinals of a Grand Slam this year— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 28, 2014
Consistency has really been hard to come by for one of the best women's competitors of all time. She'll need to pick it up in future tournaments in order to regain confidence.
Andrey Kuznetsov def. No. 7 David Ferrer
Andrey Kuznetsov had never made it to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament prior to his run-in with David Ferrer in the second round. This obviously didn't matter for the 23-year-old Russian, as he stole the match from world's No. 7, 6-7, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Ferrer was playing in his 47th consecutive Grand Slam tournament. The 32-year-old Spaniard had been attempting to reach the third round of a Slam event for the 19th time in a row but did not play a warm-up tournament in the build-up to Wimbledon because of illness. A quarter-finalist here for the last two years, Ferrer said he had fallen ill at the end of the French Open and had been unable to practise on grass until he arrived here.
Reaching the third round of a Slam 19 times in a row would have been impressive, and it's really shocking that Ferrer hadn't received much praise for 18-straight. This is a small step back for the Spaniard, but playing in a warm-up tourney before the next Slam should be enough to get him back on track.
He looked a bit rusty against Kuznetsov, as was evident in his inability to win points in big spots.
Kuznetsov lost in Round 3 to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, thus ending his career-best run.
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