Wimbledon 2014: Maria Sharapova beaten by Angelique Kerber in fourth round
Last Updated: 01/07/14 8:00pm
Maria Sharapova was sent crashing out of Wimbledon after being beaten 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-4 by Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.
The German left-hander, who reached the semi-finals at the All England Club in 2012, ended the challenge of the 2004 champion after a gripping contest on Centre Court.
Kerber passed up six match-point opportunities before finally completing the victory to set up a clash with Eugenie Bouchard in the last eight.
After the pair shared the first two sets, Kerber had led 5-2 in the decider but when Sharapova broke back the momentum appeared to be with the 27-year-old Russian.
However, Kerber quickly earned three match points against her opponent’s serve having already failed to take a first chance to seal the win earlier in the set.
She could not take any of those three either and two more passed her by later in the same game as Sharapova, who was bidding for back-to-back major titles afetr winning the French Open, clung on in desperate hope of survival.
It would be seventh time lucky though as Sharapova sent a backhand long on the next match point to cue the celebrations from Kerber.
"It's unbelievable. It was such a tough match played on a really high level and it was so close, every set was so close, so I'm just happy I won,” Kerber said.
“She's a great player, she plays so well on grass, so I was just fighting and concentrating, focusing on myself, so I'm so happy to be in the quarters now."
Kerber had been knocked out at the fourth-round stage in six of the last seven grand slams, the exception being Wimbledon where she lost in round two in 2013.
She added: "Of course I had it in my mind that the last few grand slams I've lost in the fourth round, but in this match I was just trying to focus point by point.
"It was a great match, the people enjoyed it out there and it was great to play on Centre Court."