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Williams sisters exit SW19

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Williams sisters exit SW19


There was a series of shock exits in the fourth round of the women’s draw at Wimbledon on Monday.

It was certainly a day to forget for the Williams sisters.

Defending champion Serena was knocked out in straight sets by France’s Marion Bartoli.

In only her second tournament since returning from almost a year out due to serious health issues the American seventh seed succumbed to a 6-3, 7-6 defeat following a succession of unforced errors on court one.

The on-form ninth-seeded Bartoli, who won the Eastbourne warmup tournament a week ago, will now face German qualifier Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals.

Venus Williams was soon to follow her younger sister to the SW19 exit door when she lost to Tsevetana Pironkova.

The five-times champion, who also spent most of the year out injured, failed to bring her A game to centre court where she was completely outclassed by the 32nd seeded Bulgarian.

Pironkova’s 6-2, 6-3 thrashing of the American has moved her on to a last eight clash with fellow semi-finalist from last year Petra Kvitova.

In the men’s singles, Andy Murray thrilled the home crowd as he comfortably saw off Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge watched on as the number fourth seed kept British hopes alive going into the last eight of the tournament.

Unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who knocked out Andy Roddick, awaits Murray in the quarters.

Elsewhere six-times champion Roger Federer recovered from a slow start to beat Mikhail Youzhny, while Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova stunned women’s world number one Caroline Wozniacki in three sets.

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