Serena Williams was shocked on Monday when Sabine Lisicki ousted her in the fourth round of Wimbledon. The win was Lisicki’s biggest of her short career and one of the biggest upsets Williams has endured in her long career.
Lisicki, said Williams, played very well and could be seeded much higher than 23. Williams acknowledged that she had been beaten by a player who was better than she was on Monday.
Lisicki reached the semifinals in 2011 at Wimbledon and said following her win that she feels she can win the tournament.
The fourth and sixth seeds are the two highest seeds that remain in the women’s main draw. With Maria Sharapova and Serena being eliminated, the outlook for the women’s draw has changed completely, with everyone from a seeded to an unseeded player having a legitimate change to be women’s champion.
Lisicki was born to Polish parents in Germany and now lives in Florida where she trains at Nick Bolletieri’s tennis academy.
Her serve and ground strokes are nearly as strong as world No. 1 Williams’ and that helped her to victory on Monday.
Lisicki took the early lead in the match with a first set win of 6-2, but Williams roared back to take the second set 6-1, needing only 27 minutes to complete the task.
Williams continued her strong play into the third and deciding set, taking a 4-2 lead. However, the wheels fell off at that point, as Lisicki was able to come back and win four straight games to close out the match at 6-2,1-6, 6-4.