Tennis: Maria Sharapova loses at Wimbledon

Reuters, Tuesday 1 Jul 2014

Sharapova joins big-name casualties at Wimbledon as she loses in 4th round by y Germany's Kerber

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after being defeated by Angelique Kerber of Germany in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London July 1, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Maria Sharapova joined the list of big-name casualties in the Wimbledon women's singles when she was beaten 7-6(4) 4-6 6-4 in the last 16 by Germany's Angelique Kerber on Tuesday.

The below-par Russian fought off six match points in the final set as she tried to keep alive her hopes of a second Wimbledon title to go with her 2004 triumph, but finally succumbed in a nerve-jangling finale.

Both players had been out of action since Saturday, after bad weather meant their fourth-round clash was postponed on Monday, and it was Kerber who was quicker into her stride, leading throughout the first set.

Sharapova found her range to break back at 4-5 but some poor errors allowed the 26-year-old Kerber to win the last three points of the opening set tiebreak.

The Russian hit back to level the match and seemed to be favorite to book a quarter-final place but Kerber, defending for all her worth to keep the more powerful Sharapova at bay, moved into a 5-2 lead in the decider.

Sharapova saved a match point at 2-5 and Kerber's nerve failed her at 5-3 as she served a double-fault on the way to dropping her serve.

The real drama was saved until the end though as Sharapova saved five more match points and looked poised to complete a remarkable comeback.

Kerber would not be denied though and was celebrating when Sharapova fired a backhand long.

The German will have to recover quickly as she faces Canada's Eugenie Bouchard for a place in the semis on Wednesday.

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