June 19, 2019

Williams sisters exit Wimbledon 2011 stage on same day

It's true Sis we lost. I don't know about you but this just feels weird.

Serena Williams and sister, Venus Williams both suffered fourth round exits in an afternoon of upsets in the women’s draw of Wimbledon 2011.

Serena saw the defence of her title come to an end with a 6-3 7-6 (8-6) defeat by Marion Bartoli of France.

The 13-time Grand Slam champions will now drop to about 175th in the world as Bartoli goes on to play Sabine Lisicki.

Venus went down 6-2 6-3 to Tsvetana Pironkova, who beat her by the same scoreline in the 2010 quarter-finals and will next face Petra Kvitova.

The Williams sisters had won nine out of the last 11 Wimbledon singles titles but their defeats mean this is the first time in the Open Era that all of the quarter-finalists have come from Europe.

Serena, who recently returned from a year out with injury and illness, becomes just the fourth women’s defending champion in the Open Era to fall before the last eight.

With world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki also bowing out, all eyes are now on Maria Sharapova to take out the women’s title. But Maria has a habit of dropping matches to people she is expected to beat. Maybe it is her year though.