Serena's loss opens up women's draw

In keeping the with newly established Wimbledon traditions of 2013, defending ladies singles champion Serena Williams was ousted by a relentless Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Centre Court is determined not to make life easy for champions, evidently.

Agnieszka Radwanska
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska celebrates beating Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 during their fourth round match yesterday. Pic/AFP

Or, it is that the lack of respect for “aura” has trickled from the men’s draw to the women’s section as well? At any rate, of the women left in the last 8, only two of them have ever won a  Grand Slam and luckily for Petra Kvitova, it was at Wimbledon that she triumphed in 2011.

The other is Li Na,  who won at Roland Garros, in the same year. But the challengers have been formidable this year.  Lisicki, Bartoli, Sloane Stephens and Radwanska must all feel that they have the game and the mindset to make it.

And then there’s Kaia Kanepi who ended Britain’s hopes in the women’s draw by defeated Laura Robson in straight sets. And how about Kirsten Flipkens, protégé of Kim Clijsters, giving Belgium some hope?  Journalists looking for instant drama are hoping to call yesterday “Manic Monday”!

It’s Summer time?
The weather has perked up a bit now and truth be told — it’s hot! The sun burns bright and all over the Championships there are now suggestions about using sun tan lotion and wearing hats.

Of course just as you do that, some cheeky dark clouds cover the sun, a cold wind starts blowing — but not for long. Summer it seems has landed. But as everyone who knows Wimbledon and British weather, anything is possible. Equipment for heat stroke and hurricanes should be close at all times...

Sania out of doubles
Unfortunately for Indian tennis fans (and the crowds that gathered round Court 14, which is close to Centre Court and the Press Centre), Sania Mirza and Liesl Huber lost their third round doubles encounter with Shuko Aoyoma and Chanelle Scheepers in a tight three set match.

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

Mirza’s Wimbledon encounter is not over yet though — she has still to play her first Mixed Doubles match, where she is partnered with Horia Tecau of Romania. They are the second seeds. The other Indian stars are still much in evidence as well.

Attendants busy
One of the toughest jobs has to be of the attendants who let people into the courts and keep an eye on proceedings. Most of them are from the armed forces and got several congratulations on Saturday, which was Armed Forces Day in Britain. Most times, they are polite, helpful and friendly.

They are also up with tennis news and ready for a chat as people wait outside the court entrances for a break in play.  But sometimes, they have to be firm and tough as well. People using mobile phones are severely dealt with as are people who try to enter without plastic covers on their drinks. There are rules and there are rules. 

Other top results
> David Ferrer bt Ivan Dodig 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, 6-1
Juan Martín Del Potro bt Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3
J Janowicz bt Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
K Kanepi bt Laura Robson 7-6 (6), 7-5
Li Na bt Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-0
M Bartoli bt K Knapp 6-2, 6-3
Petra Kvitova bt Carla Suárez  7-6 (7/5), 6-3 

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