Wimbledon Gets Wackier as Serena Williams Is Eliminated

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July 1 2013 12:18 PM

Serena Williams Eliminated as Wimbledon Gets Even Wackier

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Serena Williams of United States of America looks dejected during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

The craziest Wimbledon on record got even crazier today when No. 1 seed Serena Williams was trounced by No. 23 seed Sabine Lisicki. The 23-year-old German player soared to a 6–2, 1–6, 6–4 victory over Williams, who was widely expected to proceed to the next round.

Williams’ unexpected elimination follows a startling streak of losses by a slew of famously great players, including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Maria Sharapova, as well as injury-related withdrawals of Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and John Isner.

Lisicki’s triumph breaks a 34-match winning streak for Williams. The five-time Wimbledon champion notes that her serve—usually her strong suit—served as an Achilles’ heel this round.

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

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