FORMER champion and 2012 top seed Maria Sharapova bowed out of the Wimbledon Championships after a 4-6, 3-6 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki at the All England Club.
The 2004 winner, who entered the tournament as world No. 1, will slide down the rankings next week.
Lisicki, who lost her previous three meetings with Sharapova including the 2011 Wimbledon semifinals and the round-of-16 of this year’s Australian Open, advanced to the quarterfinals against Angelique Kerber. The eighth-seeded German also sent a Wimbledon favorite packing, winning over former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, 6-1, 6-1.
Roger Federer is in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 33rd-straight time after downing Xavier Malisse, 7-6 (1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. The Swiss master set up a match in the last eight against No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny, who beat Denis Istomin, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5.
World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated his Olympic doubles partner Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3, to also make the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams beat Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, and will face last year’s champion and 2012 fourth seed Petra Kvitova, who edged Italian 24th seed Francesca Schiavone, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka clobbered former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, 6-1, 6-0, and will take on Tamira Paszek of Austria, who beat No. 21 Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-2, 6-2. Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland whipped Camila Girogi of Italy, 6-2, 6-3, to set up a quarterfinal against No. 17 Maria Kirilenko, a 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 winner over Shuain Peng of China.