Top seed Maria Sharapova upset at Wimbledon by Germany's Lisicki

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Germany's Sabine Lisicki celebrates her fourth round victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships in southwest London on July 2.

Maria Sharapova's quest to be the first woman in a decade to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon back- to-back was ended by Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round today.

Four-time champion Serena Williams squeezed by Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, and six-time champion Roger Federer won.

Sharapova was upset by the 15th seeded German 6-4, 6-3 on Court 1 at Wimbledon. Williams beat the 65th ranked Shvedova, a wild card, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 in a wet and windy match, and defending champion Petra Kvitova also won.

Williams is the last woman to take the titles at Roland Garros and the All England Club, in 2002. Sharapova rose to the top spot in women's tennis last month after beating Italy's Sara Errani to win her first French Open title, completing the career Grand Slam four years after injuries almost forced her to quit tennis.

"It's just unbelievable, for the third time I've beaten the French Open champion here," Lisicki said in a televised interview. Lisicki beat Li Na of China last year in the second round of Wimbledon, and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the quarterfinals in 2009. "I played well, I just went for my shots."

Lisicki produced 18 winners including six aces, compared with Sharapova's 15 winners and five aces.

"˜Manic Monday'

Defending champion Novak Djokovic plays fellow Serb Viktor Troicki while Britain's Andy Murray plays Marin Cilic of Croatia. Former top-ranked Kim Clijsters of Belgium lost to Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth round. Clijsters, a four-time major singles champion, will retire after the U.S. Open.

The entire men's and women's fourth rounds are played today on what is known as "Manic Monday."

The 25-year-old Sharapova is the 10th woman to capture all four of tennis's major championships. She became a global star and the world's highest-paid female athlete by winning Wimbledon at age 17 in 2004, and also took the 2006 U.S. Open and 2008 Australian Open titles.

Lisicki made the Wimbledon semifinals last year as a wild card, beating Li Na in the second round after saving two match points. She was beaten by Sharapova in last year's semifinals.

The 22-year-old Lisicki had entered Wimbledon having lost in the opening round of four consecutive tournaments after she'd sprained her ankle in Charleston, South Carolina, in March.

Williams victory

Today, Sharapova dropped the first set 6-4 against Lisicki, one of the most powerful servers in the women's game, after which play was suspended for rain. Sharapova got broken early on in the second set as she struggled to keep the ball inside the lines.

Serving at 5-3, Lisicki squandered two match points with wayward forehands, before taking the match with a second-serve ace.

Williams beat the rain and Shvedova as a steady rain caused play to be suspended on other show courts.

"Bottom line is I can play so much better than I've been playing," Williams said in a televised interview after her second consecutive three-set match. "If I couldn't that would be a problem."

Williams, 30, won the last of 13 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon in 2010, before getting sidelined for a year with a foot injury and surgery for blood clots. The American, who had been one of three Wimbledon champions still in the women's draw, was last month ousted from the opening round of Roland Garros, her earliest defeat at a major. Her sister and five-time champion Venus lost in the opening round of Wimbledon at the start of the week, her earliest exit since 1997.

Forehand error

Austria's Tamira Paszek moved to her second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal by beating Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6- 2. Paszek, who won the Eastbourne grass-court tournament the week before Wimbledon, will play second-seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus or former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

After winning 28 out of 41 points to take the first set, Williams struggled to get her first serve in as the wind picked up in the second set, which Shvedova won on a forehand error.

Serving to stay in the championship in the final set, Williams struck her 11th ace to hold for 5-5 and broke in the next game as rain started to fall. She set up her first match point with a backhand lob, and won the match with another backhand.

Williams will play Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who beat former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy in three sets.

Singles titles

The Williams sisters both lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon last year, which meant that for the first time since 2006 there wasn't a sister playing in the quarterfinals. They had dominated tennis's All England Club for a decade, taking nine singles titles between 2000 and 2010.

Federer beat Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. The Swiss struggled with his movement from the start, leaving Centre Court after the seventh game for a medical timeout.

He won the first set in the tiebreak, before play was suspended because of rain. After the delay, Federer took the second set before the momentum shifted and Malisse won the third. The Belgian was up a break in the fourth set before Federer regained the initiative.

"It was a bit of a shock," Federer said about the treatment he had for his back. "I thought I was in big trouble. The rain delay helped me, I guess. When you play on tour for over 15 years, the back does hurt at times. It was scary for me."

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