There was plenty of great tennis that went down on Tuesday at Wimbledon, but the best match belonged to Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova, who went the distance only to see Sharapova join a growing list of big names bounced before the quarterfinals.
Kerber won 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 in a match that saw Sharapova fight off six match points from Kerber before finally sailing a backhand long and giving the match to the 26-year-old German.
Sharapova was either really good or really bad on Tuesday, hitting 57 winners in the match but offsetting that total with 49 unforced errors, the last one ruining her chances at a second Wimbledon title.
When Rafael Nadal usually draws a wild card at a Grand Slam, it isn't even must-see TV. We expect Nadal to roll in comfort as he looks ahead to the next match, but 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios is no regular wild card participant.
Kyrgios took out Nadal in four sets on Tuesday at Wimbledon, winning the match by simply overpowering the man that seems to always have an answer for whatever his opponent decides to roll with. Kyrgios racked up 37 aces in his match against Nadal, and hit a whopping 70 winners in the four sets, moving Nadal all over the court and overpowering him anytime he got the opportunity.
For Nadal, it was another slow start to a match at this Wimbledon, dropping the opening set for the fourth straight time in this championship, but this time he couldn't recover.
For Kyrgios, it's a first trip to a Grand Slam quarterfinals, and while he will be the slight underdog to Milos Raonic in his match on Wednesday, this win will not soon be forgotten by the young Kyrgios and everyone in his camp, no matter what happens the rest of this championship.
Serena Williams, who was already upset in the singles draw at Wimbledon, was forced to retire from her match on Tuesday after looking really out of it during her warm-up for her second round doubles match with sister Venus.
Serena issued this statement a few hours after leaving the court and retiring from the match after attempting to play three games.
“I am heartbroken I’m not able to continue in the tournament. I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me. I want to thank my sister, Kristina, Stefanie, and our teams for their support. We were all looking forward to a great match.”
Day 9 at Wimbledon brings us Andy Murray versus Grigor Dimitrov, Roger Federer playing fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka, and Eugenie Bouchard going up against Angelique Kerber.
Novak Djokovic will also play his quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals.