Serena advances; Sharapova, Clijsters out

Posted at Jul 03 2012 04:53 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 12:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Four-time champion Serena Williams dug deep to book a place in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Williams saw off Yaroslava Shvedova before the rain came down at a gloomy All England Club.

Williams, the sixth seed, took just 26 minutes to race to a first set lead and sealed the victory in just under two hours.

Williams next faces defending champion Petra Kvitova.

Elsewhere, Kim Clijsters waved goodbye to Wimbledon after she was thrashed by German eighth seed Angelique Kerber.

The Belgian, who will be retiring for a second time after this year’s US Open, looked like a pale shadow of the player who has won four major titles.

With the win, Kerber booked a last-eight date with compatriot Sabine Lisicki.

Lisicki shattered Maria Sharapova’s hopes of winning a second Wimbledon title, as the world number 15 had top seed Sharapova on the back foot early in the first set, forcing her into a string of errors.

Lisicki fired six aces and broke Sharapova four times in the 84-minute match. Mornings @ ANC, July 3, 2012.