Wimbledon: Serena Williams knocked out by Sabine Lisicki in fourth round
Last Updated: 01/07/13 5:55pm
Sabine Lisicki is emotional following her victory over the worls No 1
Defending champion Serena Williams has been knocked out of the women's singles at Wimbledon, losing in three topsy-turvy sets to Germany's Sabine Lisicki.
The world No 1 was beaten 6-2 1-6 6-4 in two hours and four minutes, after throwing away a 3-0 lead in the final set of the fourth round clash.
Williams had gone into the match having lost just 11 games in her three previous matches at SW19 but had her serve broken twice as she conceded the opening set.
She also fell 1-0 behind in the second before going on a run of winning the next 14 points en route to collecting nine straight games.
That took the 31-year-old American into a 3-0 lead in the deciding set before Lisicki battled back to secure the best win of her career by reeling off the final four games of this enthralling contest.
Yet, there was still a nervous conclusion to the encounter on Centre Court where the 23-year-old clinched victory on her second match point.
On the first, the No 23 seed struck a tame forehand beyond the baseline before offering Williams a game point with a double fault.
However, she recovered her poise to seal a famous victory after firing a forehand wide of her opponent's backhand before falling to the turf in ecstacy.
She now faces Kaia Kanepi in the last eight, after the Estonian ended the run of teenage Brit Laura Robson 7-6 (8/6) 7-5.
Lisicki admitted: "I'm still shaking, I'm so happy. Serena played a fantastic match. She's such a tough opponent and it's just an amazing feeling to win.
"The crowd was so amazing. I love this court so much, it's such a special place for me. I did enjoy it. I was just fighting for every single point and hanging in there."