Serena, Venus Eliminated at Wimbledon

Williams sisters each get rare exit before quarterfinals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2011 11:41 AM CDT
Serena Williams Loses to Marion Bartoli: Wimbledon
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge talks with Gill Brook, left, wife of Chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis Club Philip Brook, on centre court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Monday, June 27, 2011.    (Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Venus and Serena Williams were both eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon today, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals. Defending champ Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France. It cuts short her return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. Older sister Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova. Also knocked out was top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who fell 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 to No. 24 Dominika Cibulkova.

A royal note: In men's play, fourth-seeded Andy Murray moved into the quarterfinals by beating Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2—then took a deep bow to the Royal Box, where Prince William and his new bride Kate joined the rest of the crowd in giving the Brit a standing ovation. Click for more on the royal visit, or here for more Wimbledon coverage, including tour diaries. (More Serena Williams stories.)

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