Serena Williams out of Wimbledon/Getty Images
WIMBLEDON, England - Sabine Lisicki ended Serena Williams' long winning streak, she ended her Grand Slam winning streak and she knocked the top seed, world No. 1 and defending champion out of Wimbledon on Super Monday.
Lisicki jumped on Williams early, survived a nine-game drought in the middle, then came back from a break down in the third set twice on her way to a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory.
"I'm still shaking," an emotional Lisicki said in a post-match interview, covering her face with her hands to wipe away tears. "I'm just so happy."
Williams was up a break twice in the third set but Lisicki fought back both times and broke again to go up 5-4. She converted her second match point with a forehand winner.
"I probably couldn't be more disappointed," Williams said. "I think I may have backed off of a success. I was playing something successful. I didn't continue that path. The result didn't go the way it could have gone had I continued to play the way I did in the second set."
In her post-match news conference, Williams mixed praise of her opponent with plenty of self-criticism.
"I didn't play the big points good enough. I didn't do what I do best," Williams said. "Sabine played really well, she always does well at Wimbledon, so I knew it would be a tough match going in. ... Definitely had opportunities, but I didn't take them."
Williams had won 34 consecutive matches before running into the big-serving German, who matched Williams' power and exploited the American's nervous mistakes.
Lisicki reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2011 but this will rank as arguably her biggest victory at the grass-court Grand Slam.
Lisicki has defeated the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon three years in a row and four times in the last five years.
Sloane Stephens becomes the last American in singles, just as she was at the Australian Open. She defeated Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
•2011 French open Li Na won a matchup of 30-somethings to reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the third time, routing Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-0.
•2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova became the first player to reach the quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. She was joined minutes later by Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, who reached her first career Grand Slam quarterfinal by ousting Flavia Pennetta of Italy 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 - a year after her ranking plummeted as low as 262nd because of injuries.
•Laura Robson failed in her quest to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since 1984, falling 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 in an error-filled match to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
•On the men's side, fourth-seeded David Ferrer overcame another slow start to reach the quarterfinals with a 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
•Poland will send two men into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time after 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz and 130th-ranked Lukasz Kubot each won five-set matches.
They'll play each other Wednesday with the winner becoming the country's first Grand Slam semifinalist.
The big-serving Janowicz reached as high as 137 mph while outlasting Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, while Kubot defeated Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.