We use simple text files called cookies, saved on your computer, to help us deliver the best experience for you. Click continue to acknowledge that you are happy to receive cookies from Wimbledon.com.
The massacre of the leading seeds in the Ladies’ Singles continued with the exit of the fifth-rated Maria Sharapova, beaten 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 by Germany’s Angelique Kerber in a pulsating Centre Court encounter of two hours 37 minutes in which the Russian saved six match points before self-destructing with her 49th unforced error, a backhand which flew beyond the baseline.
So, on the 10th anniversary of the Wimbledon final when a 17-year-old from Siberia via Florida knelt in a mix of delight and disbelief at defeating the hot favourite Serena Williams, that teenager who has grown into the most famous superstar in women’s sport will find it difficult to believe that she did not celebrate that anniversary by marching into this year’s quarter-finals.
Instead, she gave away more than 12 games’ worth of free points to an opponent who realised very early that if she kept on retrieving and returning, which she does magnificently, eventually the point, the game and then the match and the glory would be hers.
The third seed Simona Halep is the only one of the top five still standing, followed by Petra Kvitova, the 2011 champion at No.6 and then Kerber herself as No.9.
20:08It brings me no pleasure but it's time to bring the curtain down for another year. Seemed somehow appropriate to leave the last word to Roger Federer. Thanks a billion for reading. What a fortnight, what a final, fast forward to 2015 please...
20:03"I already have seven. It's not like I need another one. But it would have been awfully nice to have it. I think that's what the feeling was of the people, and I felt that... I know they love tennis. They love tennis after we're all gone."