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Surprise exits series continues at Wimbledon

After Rafa Nadal shocking elimination in the first round earlier this week, other big names of the world tennis were forced to quit Wimbledon tournament on Wednesday.
Roger Federer, holder of a record 17 Grand Slam titles was defeated in the second round 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-5 7-6(5) by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine). “I’m still in disbelief that actually happened,” a sweat-drenched Stakhovsky said moments after rolling on the most famous tennis stage in triumph, according to Eurosport.
“When you play Roger Federer at Wimbledon, it’s like you’re playing two persons. First you play Roger Federer and then you play his ego.”
Federer has suffered some painful defeats in his life, including the thrilling five-set final in 2008 against great rival Rafa Nadal, but he could not mask his pain on Wednesday.
“It’s always a disappointment losing any match around the world, and particularly here. It was a tough loss today. Some haven’t hurt this much, that’s for sure,” Federer said
In the women’s tournament, former Wimbledon champion and third seed Maria Sharapova slid to a shock second-round exit on Wednesday when she was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Portuguese qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.
Sharapova’s exit came hours after the withdrawal of second seed Azarenka, who called for Wimbledon officials to investigate why the courts were so slippery after several players suffered falls, and their departure opens up the bottom half of the draw. After claiming victory the 20-year-old De Brito clearly had some sympathy for her opponent. “There’s lot of grass that’s been cut and not been swept up so there’s a lot of dead grass so it’s not been easy,” she told the BBC. “It’s a tough court to play on.”
Former world number one Sharapova never looked happy on Court Two against a tenacious opponent, who shares the same noisy style of play as the four-times Grand Slam champion and hails from the same Florida tennis academy.
Caroline Wozniacki also was eliminated in the second round, by Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-2, 6-2.

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