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Sabine Lisicki during her defeat to Simona Halep of Romania

Wimbledon 2014: Sabine Lisicki suffers incredible collapse against Simona Halep

Last year's finalist started the game well but then fell apart

Maria Sharapova trudges off during her shock defeat to Angelique Kerber
Serena Williams receives treatment during the warm up before her second round doubles match with sister Venus before retiring

Wimbledon 2014: Serena Williams close to tears as she exits SW19 in astonishing scenes on Court One

The American was barely able to bounce the ball before she and her sister retired from their doubles match

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates after winning his Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Leonardo Mayer

Wimbledon 2014: Next up for Andy Murray it’s the Bulgarian standard-bearer Grigor Dimitrov

The number 11 seed beat Leonardo Mayer in straight sets

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns to Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun during their men's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka gets testing run of five matches in seven days off to a comfortable start

The Australian Open champion saw off the challenge of Denis Istomin 6-3 6-3 6-4

Serena Williams trudges off centre court after losing to Alize Cornet

Wimbledon 2014: Serena Williams loses to Alize Cornet

Five-time champion suffers shock 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat

There was a tinge of extra emotion on Centre Court as Venus Williams bowed out for what might be the last time

Wimbledon 2014: Sun is setting on Venus Williams after being eclipsed by Petra Kvitova

If there was an extra touch of emotion in the standing ovation accorded to Venus Williams as she exited Centre Court and the women’s singles, it was surely tinged by the notion that there may possibly be no more days in the sun there – or even under the roof. For two and a half hours, the five-time Wimbledon singles winner had gone head to head while conceding 10 years to the sixth seed Petra Kvitova, who emerged from the fiercest of contests triumphant by  5-7, 7-6, 7-5. 

South Africa's Kevin Anderson

Wimbledon 2014: Combustible Fabio Fognini fails to set up date with Andy Murray

The Italian was beaten by South Africa's Kevin Anderson who is now the man that lies in wait for the defending champion

Denis Istomin has mother Klaudiya in his corner – as a coach

Wimbledon 2014: Blazing trail with women coaches pays off for both Denis Istomin and Mikhail Kukushkin

The Uzbeki is coached by his mother, while the Kazakh is married to his coach

Gaël Monfils made another early Wimbledon exit, this time at the hands of Jiri Vesely

Wimbledon 2014: Gaël Monfils and Richard Gasquet fall but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga battles on

It was a bad day for the French here as Richard Gasquet and Gaël Monfils, seeded 13 and 24 respectively, went out to two of tennis’s bright young things before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga restored some Gallic pride. All three matches were five-set epics, Tsonga’s having been held over from the previous night, just as his first-round encounter had been.

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