Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Serena Williams of United States of America on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.
Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Serena Williams of United States of America on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships. Mike Hewitt - Getty Images

Serena Williams beaten by Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon

Who said lightning doesn't strike twice? How about four times.

In a draw decimated by upsets in the first two rounds, many had already conceded it was a formality that world No.1 Serena Williams would win her sixth Wimbledon crown.

But 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki had other ideas. The German was chasing her fourth consecutive quarter-final appearance at the All England Club, and in each of the past three, she had taken out the newly-crowned French Open champion - Svetlana Kusnetsova (2009), Li Na (2011) and Maria Sharapova (2012).

On paper, Williams had seemed a challenge too far, but not for Lisicki who took the match 6-2 1-6 6-4.

"It gave me a little more energy knowing she won the French Open and I've beaten the French Open champion three times in a row in my last three appearances," the 23-year-old said. "It was a good omen. They always happen to be on the side of the draw I'm on."

In the men's draw, Australia lost its last singles hope with Bernard Tomic beaten 7-6 6-7 6-4 6-4 in the fourth round by No.6 seed, Czech Tomas Berdych.



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