WIMBLEDON -Â No Wimbledon title for Maria Sharapova this year.Â The current No. 1 who will lose her top ranking next week was dominated by Germanyâ€™s Sabine Liscki 6-4, 6-3 in a fourth round encounter on Monday.
â€œYeah, certainly had chances,â€ Sharapova said. â€œI didn’t take them.Â But I think I a lot of the credit goes to my opponent.Â She played extremely well today and did many things better than I did on this given day.Â You just have to hand it to her.â€
â€œShe did many things much better than I did today,â€ said the Russian.Â â€œOf course, could have done things differently, absolutely, but not on this particular day.â€
â€œI felt great,â€ said a beaming Lisicki.Â â€œI had a great practice yesterday evening and felt good this morning.Â As soon as I stepped on the court I also felt like I’m playing very well, so, you know, I was feeling very confident â€‘ even though I lost the first game.
â€œI just missed a couple of points here and there, but overall I just felt very good and confident.â€
The German continued: â€œWell, I felt very good even in the start of the first set already.Â I felt like I’m hitting the balls very clean.Â I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.Â When I took the first set, it obviously gives you another lift, more confidence.
â€œWell, I knew as soon as I got the break in the second set, I knew I’m going to take it home.â€
Lisicki has performed the unique feat of beating the reigning French Open champion at three Wimbledons â€“ 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova, 2011 Li Na and now Sharapova.
â€œIt feels amazing,â€ said the German. â€œI mean, she won the French Open.Â Actually, that’s a good omen for me, because I’ve beaten the French Open champion three times here.Â In ’09 I beat Kuznetsova, last year Na Li, and this year Maria.Â I guess they shouldn’t be in my part of the draw.â€
â€œI enjoy the sport.Â I just love playing tennis and I love being out there, especially at my favorite tournament.
â€œSo, you know, I just have fun out there.Â I mean, I know I missed the shot by a little, but I was going for the right one, so there’s nothing to be mad about.â€
In her final Wimbledon match a soon-to-be retired Kim Clijsters was destroyed 6-1, 6-1 by Lisickiâ€™s countrywoman Angelique Kerber.
â€œI know that actually maybe her last Wimbledon, but I was going out there and know before the match that I need to play very good to beat her,â€ said Kerber.
â€œI think I do a good job today, so, I mean, I’m very happy to be in the quarters right now.â€
â€œI just had the feeling that there was absolutely nothing I could have done today to have won that match, said Clijsters. You know, I just felt, like, my opponent was better on every level.Â You know, that’s all I was thinking about.
â€œI won’t be sorry about anything, Clijsters on her impending retirement at the end of the year.Â â€œI mean, I know that every time that I’ve played here I’ve given my best, and that’s the only thing that I can try.Â You know, some days it’s good, some days it’s great, and some days it’s not good enough.
â€œAnd that’s something that I’ll never regret.Â I’ll never say that I didn’t work hard enough or I didn’t practice hard enough.
â€œSo I don’t think I’ll feel sorry about anything when I leave.â€
Clijsters spoke about her special memories at Wimbledon: It obviously all started I think from when I was a youngster, being at home even before I was a junior watching Wimbledon during summer holidays from Belgium, watching it on TV.Â You just kind of felt the magic coming through the television, I think.Â So that was kind of my first connection with Wimbledon.
â€œAnd then as I got older, when I was able to be here for the first time as a junior, it was just very special.Â I mean, I think the first year that I played here, I was here just to take it all in.Â I don’t even think I was here to play tennis.Â I needed to just open my eyes and look at everything.
â€œIt’s so new.Â It was such, you know, an amazing thing.Â It was like to me this was like Disneyland to another child.Â So it was such a beautiful thing.
â€œSo, yeah, I think the next year or the year after I was able to make the finals here in juniors, and that was a very special moment.Â I was able to go to the championship ball.Â Won doubles here.
â€œSo I have a lot of good memories, a lot of special memories also emotionally with my family and my with my dad.Â Yeah, it’s a nice place to go back to every year.
Kerber will play Lisicki in an all-German battle for a semifinal spot.
â€œI mean, for sure it will not be easy match against Sabine, said Kerber.Â â€œShe beat Maria today.Â I know she play very well on grass.
â€œI mean, I said before the tournament I will look round to round, and now she is the next round.Â It’s good for Germans to have two players in the quarters and one of us in the semis.
â€œSo, I mean, it will be a good match, I think, and I will try just to focus on me and try to do my thing on the court.Â We will see who will win the match.â€