Wimbledon shockers

Written by Abhishek Chakraborty | Updated: Jun 30 2013, 08:52am hrs
The defeat of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova make this year one of the most shocking years in the history of the tournament

Though Wimbledon has witnessed many shocks over the years, like Pete Sampras exit in 2002 and Martina Hingis defeat three years ago, the culling of seeds is perhaps unprecedented in this edition. Defeats of defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova make this year one of the most shocking years in the grass court Grand Slams history. As Wimbledon progresses to quarterfinal, heres a list of top-10 shocking exits over the years.

Roger Federer (2013)

The defending champion, gunning for an unprecedented eighth title in men's singles, had a remarkable feat of reaching 36th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals.

However, his feat was cut short after he was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon by little-known Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who defeated him 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 7-6(5).

Maria Sharapova (2013)

Third seed and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova crashed out of Wimbledon on June 24, losing to Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher De Brito.

Sharapova lost to De Brito 6-3, 6-4 in the second-round match.

Rafael Nadal (2013)

In one of Wimbledons greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal (Spain) was knocked out in straight sets on June 24 by Belgiums Steve Darcis, ranking 135th.

The Spaniard was defeated 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-4, his first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam.

(2012)

Making his debut at the All-England Club, Lukas Rosol, a Czech ranked 100th in the world, overpowered 11 times Grand Slam champion Nadal 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in one of the most astonishing results. It was the second round of match and twice-champion Nadal could not match the likes of Rosol.

Justine Henin-Hardenne (2005)

French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne lost in the first round at Wimbledon in 2005 to Eleni Daniilidou, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 7-5. Daniilidou, ranked 76th, came to Wimbledon with a 7-11 record and won despite requiring treatment from a trainer in the third set for a leg injury. Surprisingly, Daniilidou had lost in the first round of her 2005 tournaments heading into Wimbledon.

Lleyton Hewitt (2003)

Ivo Karlovic, a six-feet Croatian, ranked 203, staged one of Wimbledons biggest upsets, in 2003, after stunning defending champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. Karlovic defeated Hewitt 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Pete Sampras (2002)

With seven Wimbledon trophies, Pete Sampras suffered one of the worst defeats in his career in 2002, when he lost to George Bastl, a player ranked 145th in the world, 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and is one of the

greatest tennis players of all time.

Martina Hingis (1999)

Martina Hingis suffered two losses at Wimbledonin 1999 and 2001.

However, her loss to 16-year-old Jelena Dokic in the opening round in 1999 was most shocking. She entered the 1999 Wimbledon ranked No 1 in the world. Dokic, ranked 129th, playing Wimbledon for the first time in 1999, crushed Hingis 6-2, 6-0.

Steffi Graf (1994)

Lori McNeil defeated Steffi Graf 75, 76 (75) in the first round at Wimbledon in 1994. It was for the first time in the Grand Slam history that a defending-champion suffered a first round loss to an unseeded player. Graf, winner of the last three Wimbledons and five of the last six, was blown out of the draw faster than any other defending womens champ.

Manuel Santana (1967)

Tennis legend Manuel Santana was defeated by Charlie Pasarell in the first round of the Wimbledon in 1967. Santana was defeated 10-8, 6-3, 2-6, 8-6. It was again for the first time that a defending champion and No 1 seed lost in the first round at Wimbledon.