Monday, July 02, 2012

2012 Wimbledon: Sharapova(1) Upset By Lisicki!

World #1 Maria Sharapova was upset by Sabine Lisicki(15) 6-4 6-3 by out-serving and out-returning the 2012 French Open champion. The match was a repeat of last year's Wimbledon semifinal, which like all their three previous meetings, was won by the Russian 4-time major champion. This time Lisicki won by playing boldly and taking chances, none more important than on match point where the German nicknamed "Boom Boom" bashed a second serve ace at 110 mph to seal her 2nd quarterfinal berth in two years. It was Lisicki's first win over a reigning #1 ranked player.

Sharapova's hold on the #1 ranking is a tenuous one. If 2012 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka(2) beats Ana Ivanovic(14) later this afternoon, she will return to the top spot she held for 19 weeks earlier this year during her amazing winning streak of 26 matches to begin the year. Also, Aggie Radwanska could become #1 if she wins the tournament or advances two rounds further into than her frenemy Vika.

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