Sharapova exits Wimbledon

Former Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova has been defeated in the fourth round of the women’s singles tournament.

The Russian lost in straight sets to Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-3 in a match that surprised those watching on court one.

“It’s unbelievable. I’ve lost my last three against her and gave my very best,” said Lisicki.

The German, who is seeded 15 for the championship, added: “I just went for my shots, it’s my favourite tournament. I love the grass and the crowd.

“I am a fighter, I got to the last point, the last game was tough and I’m happy. I’m getting better with each match and am looking forward to another one.”

Kim Clijster also lost in straight sets in the fourth round to German eighth seed Angelique Kerber. The Belgian player is set to retire from the game this year after the US Open.

“I know that every time I’ve played here I’ve given my best and that’s the only thing that I can do,” she added.

“I’ll never say that I didn’t work hard enough or I didn’t practise hard enough. I don’t think I’ll feel sorry about anything when I leave.”

Meanwhile, there has been British success in the girls’ second round at Wimbledon with Katy Dunne beating US tenth seed Chalena Scholl in straight sets, 6-3 6-4. She is now the only British girl left in the competition after Eden Silva and Georgina Sellyn lost their matches.

Tickets are still available for Wimbledon this year so anyone enjoying luxury accommodation in London over the next few days could still be in with a chance of seeing some action on the SW19 courts.

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