Lisicki stuns top seed Sharapova

  • Last Updated: July 2 2012, 20:33 BST

Big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki sent top seed Maria Sharapova tumbling out of Wimbledon in the fourth round.

Sabine Lisicki: Defeated Sharapova

Coming into the fortnight as the newly-crowned French Open champion, Sharapova had looked in ominous form on the grass during the early rounds.

But amid damp scenes on Court One, where at one stage play was suspended for over 30 minutes, she was unable to scale the heights that saw her beat the same opponent at the semi-final stage last year.

Sharapova's serve was broken three times in a chaotic first set and crucially once early in the second, with 15th seed Lisicki taking the match 6-4 6-3 - the same score by which she lost to Sharapova 12 months ago.

And Lisicki's reward may have come as a surprise too, with fellow German Angelique Kerber the player she must face in the quarter-finals.

Left-hander Kerber brutally beat Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 on Court Three, ending the Belgian's hope of a first Wimbledon title in what has been her last shot at the tournament before retirement.

Victoria Azarenka delivered an emphatic statement with a crushing win over Ana Ivanovic.

The second seed had flown under the radar during the first week but she made sure that would not be the case today as she thumped Ivanovic 6-1 6-0 on Centre Court to set up a quarter-final against Tamira Paszek.

Azarenka was simply far too good for Ivanovic, who could not cope with the power or movement of her opponent.

She was 4-0 up when play was halted because of rain and the roof was shut, but the change in conditions did not affect the pattern of the match.

Ivanovic managed to get on the board but it was only a brief respite and Azarenka refused to allow the former French Open champion a single game in the second set.

The 22-year-old will now hope to repeat last year's success over Austrian Paszek, when they also met in the quarter-finals, with Azarenka winning that one 6-3 6-1.

Four-time champion Serena Williams survived a stiff test on a damp and drizzly Court Two as she saw off Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 2-6 7-5.

Shvedova recorded the first-ever 'golden set' at a grand slam on Saturday, but Williams held her game together when it mattered at the end of the deciding set to progress to a 12th Wimbledon quarter-final.

And Williams' quarter-final opponent will be the defending champion, Petra Kvitova, who was also extended to three sets as the Czech edged past Italian Francesco Schiavone.

Kvitova beat the former French Open winner from a set behind, prevailing 4-6 7-5 6-1 on Court Three.

Paszek was the first woman to reach the quarter-finals as she claimed an impressive win over Roberta Vinci.

Champion at Eastbourne in the week leading up to Wimbledon, the 21-year-old has kept her form together and had too much for Italian 21st seed Vinci in posting a 6-2 6-2 success.

Unseeded Paszek has reached a second successive Wimbledon quarter-final and this win was her ninth in a row on grass.

Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska eased to a 6-2 6-3 success over Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi.