Caroline Wozniacki- number one in the world- fell to the steady forehand onslaught of Dominika Cibulkova 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
Next, the "odds makers favorite" Serena Williams (winner of last year's Wimbledon and holder of 3 more like titles) fell to the more steady and hard hitting Marion Bartoli in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (6).
Venus Williams, five- time Wimbledon ladies champ (the last in 2008) fell to a relatively unkown player, Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3
Earlier today the ESPN group of Wimbledon commentators led by Chrissie Evert and others made the following predictions which I tweeted:
ESPN predicts ladies quarters: Caroline Wozniacki v. Maria Sharapova, SabineLisicki v. Serena Williams, Tamira Paszek v. Victoria Azarenka, Venus Williams v. Petra Kvitova.
This was educated guessing by the ESPN crew with Chris Evert, a three time Wimbledon women's champ (who appeared in 10 women's finals at the All England Tennis Club), weighing in strongly along with Brad Gilbert and other commentators as well.
Choosing five out of eight correct players in the quarters means that the sports network served a remarkably good 63%.
The crew can be forgiven their guessing wrong on the Williams sisters who barely played any tourneys since last summer.
The shocker, of course is Wozniacki; the reigning queen of tennis has yet to win a single grand slam!
We all agree that Caroline is overdue.
And don't count out the Williams sisters--they will rise again to take grand slam titles as they begin to play more tournaments.
Good luck to all on day 8!