Wimbledon has been a series of shocks and upsets so far in 2013. The men’s side of Wimbledon is in chaos with Roger Federer and Nadal knocked out early. Now the tennis world is still reeling from the surprising news that Serena Williams has been kicked off her pedestal. The presumed champion of Wimbledon was eliminated yesterday by Sabine Lisicki. Williams joins Maria Sharapova on the sidelines now.
Williams certainly had her chance to win this match but took a sever nosedive, losing four straight games in the third set and falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. “I probably couldn’t be more disappointed,” Williams lamented after the match. “I think I may have backed off of a success. I was playing something successful. I didn’t continue that path. The result didn’t go the way it could have gone had I continued to play the way I did in the second set.”
Bottom line? Williams couldn’t hold her serve when it was needed. “I felt that I was on the verge of winning. At that point I just was physically unable to hold serve. … You have to be ready and willing to hold your serve. I wasn’t willing or able, probably didn’t even want to hold my serve today.”
For Lisicki it’s a major moment in her tennis career. She’s been here before, playing the role of a spoiler with her elimination of Sharapova last season. The field is now wide open on the women’s side and Lisicki is as good a choice as anyone for taking things all the way. That’s if she can collect herself and get on with it. “I’m still shaking,” Lisicki said “I’m just so happy.” She’ll be even happier if she can hoist the trophy.Eric Drouant