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It has been quite a Wimbledon to remember for the underdogs so far, but while seeds slipped and slid out of the main draw at Wimbledon, fans were secure in the one certainty in life - Serena Williams remained odds on favourite to win her 6th Wimbledon title. Well, that went out of the window today as big serving German sensation Sabine Lisicki did what she does best - turn up for her favourite tournament of the year and play the match of her life.

There is a special bond between Lisicki and Wimbledon, and a charming smile that never escapes her happy face when on the grass at SW 19. And that smile was from ear to ear today as she beat the defending champion in three exciting sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

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It continues to be a good year to be an underdog at Wimbledon as four more seeds were shown the exit on an inspiring Saturday afternoon where former runner-up Tomas Berdych was the star attraction.

The no.7 seed, Tomas Berdych, the losing finalist here in 2010, was under threat early in his match today against big serving South African Kevin Anderson, but eventually prevailed in four sets, 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-5. The lanky Czech will take on Australian youngster Bernard Tomic in what should be an exciting fourth round match-up. Young Tomic showed his second week credentials by putting on an excellent showing against a bit of a grass court expert in 9th seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, ousting the veteran also in four sets, 7-6(7) 5-7 7-5 7-6(5).

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Eugenie Bouchard, the last Canadian remaining in singles contention at Wimbledon, saw her run come to an end on Friday in the third round.

Bouchard, who upset Ana Ivanovic, the tournament’s no. 12 seed, in the second round, took on world no. 18 Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the opening set and served for the set at 5-3, but Bouchard fought back to level at 5-5. The Canadian had chances to break in the eleventh game and held game points to take the first set into a tiebreak, but was unable to get the final point necessary and ultimately fell 7-5, 6-2 in 97 minutes. Bouchard is the first Canadian woman since Maureen Drake in 2002 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

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Serve and volley tennis took center stage at Wimbledon today and produced the upset of the decade as 7-time Champion Roger Federer was shown the door by world no.116 Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the Championships.

The last time Federer crashed out early at Wimbledon was in 2002 when he was a barely known Swiss boy boasting a pony tail and a bad temper. 11 years latter the 31 year old is the biggest name in men's tennis and arguably the greatest player of all time.

Yet on a wicked Wednesday that saw the divas Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic all shown the exit sign at SW 19, it will be the legendary Swiss who will grab all the headlines as he suffered a shock 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) defeat at the hands of the Ukrainian.

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Former world no.1 Caroline Wozniacki became the latest victim of the slippery grass at Wimbledon this year as she was brushed aside in the second round today by 28 year old Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska, ranked an astonishing 196 in the world.

Wozniacki fell in the fourth game of the opening set, but was already down a break by that stage. A long injury time out didn't help her cause significantly, and she struggled on her court thereafter with her movement limited by an ankle injury.

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2004 Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova was bundled out of the second round of the Championships in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 by Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher De Brito in a shock of epic proportions.

The 20 year old unheralded Portuguese, a pint sized competitor at just 5 feet 5 inches tall, out screamed Sharapova and out hit the Russian rather comfortably over the course of the contest.

The opening set lasted barely over half an hour with Sharapova also facing the curse of the falling seeds as she slipped twice in the first set. Things got ever worse for the former world no.1 as she fell badly in the second set and appeared to pick up an injury, but it was her pride that appeared more shaken as Larcher De Brito continued to out play the Russian diva.

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Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil made it a perfect opening day for Canada at Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam event of the tennis season.

After dropping the opening set against world no. 88 Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, Bouchard recovered from being down a break in the second set and 0-4 in the tiebreak to stage an impressive comeback and secure a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. She advances to the second round at a second consecutive Major, which are also the first two Grand Slam main draw appearances of her career. On Wednesday, Bouchard will face no. 12 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. It will be the first meeting between the two players.

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