More Wimbledon pain for Sharapova

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 July, 2014, 12:23am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 July, 2014, 12:23am

Maria Sharapova suffered more Wimbledon heartache as the French Open champion crashed to a shock 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4 defeat against Germany's Angelique Kerber in the fourth round on Tuesday.

Sharapova famously won Wimbledon aged 17 in 2004, but she has struggled to emulate that feat for much of the last decade and this was another dispiriting experience for the Russian as the ninth seed sealed a stunning Centre Court triumph on her seventh match point.

The world number five arrived at the All England Club fresh from her second Roland Garros title, but she has now failed to make it past the last 16 in seven of her last eight appearances at Wimbledon.

When I had the three match points in a row and it was deuce, I just tried to focus on myself and say, 'Believe in your game'. At the end it worked
Angelique Kerber

Kerber, who reached the last four in 2012, will face Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals.

"Every single set was so close so I'm just happy that I won against Maria. She's a great player," said Kerber.

"I'm so happy to be in the quarters now. I had it before the match in my mind that the last few grand slams I lost in the fourth round.

"When I had the three match points in a row and it was deuce, I just tried to focus on myself and say, 'Believe in your game'. At the end it worked."

Roger Federer moved smoothly into the quarter-finals for the 12th time in his career by outclassing Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

The Swiss, bidding for a record eighth title at the grass-court slam, needed only one hour and 34 minutes to win 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka edged past 19th seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-6), 6-3 and will meet Federer in a mouth-watering quarter-final.

Canadian Milos Raonic became the first man from his country in more than a century to reach the quarter-finals as he knocked out 10th seed Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Earlier, French Open runner-up Simona Halep raced to a 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round win over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas to become just the second Romanian woman to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Halep will now meet Germany's Sabine Lisicki who shrugged off a shoulder injury to beat the Kazakh world number 65 Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in just under two hours on Court Three.

Agence France-Presse, Reuters