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Serena Williams ousted from Wimbledon

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:19 a.m. CDT

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams joined a growing list of marquee names eliminated early at this wild and unpredictable Wimbledon.

The defending champion and five-time Wimbledon winner failed to close out a see-saw third set, dropping the last four games to Sabine Lisicki of Germany and losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the fourth round.

The result ended Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak.

It was the latest in a string of improbable exits to jolt the tournament. Her loss left top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Andy Murray as the only pre-tournament favorites still standing.

Those two stayed on course for a meeting in the final by winning in straight sets on Centre Court. Djokovic ousted German veteran Tommy Haas after Murray beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.

Djokovic reached his 17th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal and will face No. 7 Tomas Berdych. Murray will take on Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

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