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Wimbledon Monday: Everyone In Action

Sabine Lisicki aims to end Serena Williams' 34-match win streak, while Laura Robson looks to make her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Published June 29, 2013 12:01

Wimbledon Monday: Everyone In Action
Sabine Lisicki

LONDON, England - What some call the best day in tennis of the year will see all Wimbledon fourth round matches played, with defending champion and World No.1 Serena Williams and crowd favorite Laura Robson among the competitors.

Monday, Fourth Round
Centre Court
[1] Serena Williams (USA #1) vs. [23] Sabine Lisicki (GER #24)
Head-to-head:
Williams leads 2-0
Sabine Lisicki's yearly love affair with Wimbledon is continuing again this fortnight. She beat two Top 10 players en route to the quarterfinals in 2009, two more Top 10 players en route to the semifinals in 2011, World No.1 Maria Sharapova en route to the quarterfinals in 2012 and is one win away from reaching the quarterfinals once again in 2013. Of course, recording that win would require a monumental upset, as Serena Williams is showing no signs of being vulnerable.

Williams has yet to lose more than three games in a set this week, the most recent of which was a 62 60 rout of Kimiko Date-Krumm on Saturday. That win was especially noteworthy, in that it was her 70th at the All-England Club and her 600th as a professional, a feat only 14 other players have achieved. On top of that, it was her 28th win in her last 29 Grand Slam matches and her 34th straight win overall - one short of sister Venus for longest win streak of the millennium. Lisicki is 1-3 in her career against reigning World No.1s, with her win over Sharapova in this same round last year her lone one so far.

Court 1
Laura Robson (GBR #38) vs. Kaia Kanepi (EST #46)
Head-to-head:
First meeting
It has been 36 years since a Brit won Wimbledon, and while Laura Robson has a long way to go to match that feat, just by getting to the fourth round she has the local fans' hearts aflutter. And for good reason; she is the first Brit into the fourth round here since Samantha Smith in 1998 and a defeat of Kaia Kanepi would make her the first British quarterfinalist since Jo Durie in 1984. The pressure will certainly be great, as in addition to having British hopes reside with her, she will be the on-paper favorite against Kanepi and will be playing in just her second Grand Slam fourth round.

Kanepi showed in the second round earlier this week that she can play the role of underdog well, as she got past World No.7 Angelique Kerber for her ninth Top 10 win - five of those having come in Grand Slams. The Estonian has had plenty of success at the majors, having reached the quarterfinal round four times - including at Wimbledon in 2010.

Court 2
[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL #72)
Head-to-head:
Radwanska leads 7-2
Agnieszka Radwanska and Tsvetana Pironkova are quite familiar with each other, as this will be their 10th encounter. And though Radwanska has dominated their series, Pironkova came out on top the last time they played on grass in Eastbourne last year. If there is any Grand Slam where Pironkova would have a chance to pull off the upset, it would definitely be at Wimbledon. While she has never been beyond the fourth round at any other Grand Slam, she was a semifinalist here in 2010 and quarterfinalist in 2011 - twice beating Venus Williams and once Vera Zvonareva during those runs.

Though she was tested during her third round victory over rising American Madison Keys, former Wimbledon junior champion and 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska looks headed toward another deep run here. In fact, this is her sixth time making the fourth round here in eight appearances.

Around the grounds…
Li Na seeks to make it four wins in four matches with Roberta Vinci, 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova plays Carla Suárez Navarro and Sloane Stephens takes on Monica Puig.

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