Top-seeded Maria Sharapova knocked out by German player at Wimbledon

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WIMBLEDON, England — Top-seeded Maria Sharapova’s bid for a second consecutive Grand Slam title ended with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki in a windy, rainy fourth-round match at Wimbledon on Monday.

Sharapova was trying to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2002 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year.

The Russian completed a career Grand Slam by taking the trophy at Roland Garros last month.

She won Wimbledon in 2004, and was the runner-up last year, when she beat Lisicki in the semifinals, part of a 3-0 head-to-record against the German before Monday.

Lisicki, wearing a long-sleeved shirt for warmth, ended the match with an ace.

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, who’s also German, sat in Lisicki’s guest box at Court 1.


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