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Serena Williams knocked out of Wimbledon

Sabine Lisicki beat Williams 6-2 1-6 6-4 to set up a quarter final clash with Kaia Kanepi Credit: John Walton/PA Wire/

Defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been knocked out of Wimbledon by German Sabine Lisicki.

Lisicki won 6-2 1-6 6-4 to set up a quarter final clash with Kaia Kanepi who defeated British hopeful Laura Robson earlier today.

Williams's exit follows a host of shock exits last week with top seeds Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova all going out.

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Serena Williams launches Wimbledon charm offensive

Serena Williams launched a charm offensive as she sought to broker a truce with Maria Sharapova and calm the storm surrounding comments she made about a rape victim.

The focus of the pre-Wimbledon press conference was about the interview she gave to Rolling Stone magazine that touched on a high-profile teenage rape case in Ohio and brought her into conflict with her Russian rival Sharapova.

The defending champion said she personally apologised to Sharapova and told her she was "very sorry for this whole situation":

Serena Williams apologises for rape comments

Tennis champion Serena Williams has apologised over comments she made in a forthcoming interview in which she appeared to assign blame to the 16-year-old victim in an Ohio rape case, for being drunk.

The comments were reported in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine and stirred up US media attention

Serena Williams pictured in London earlier this week, has apologised for her comments.
Serena Williams pictured in London earlier this week, has apologised for her comments. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

"What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened," the women's world number one said in a statement on her website.

"What was written - what I supposedly said - is insensitive and hurtful. I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.

"I have fought all of my career for women's equality, women's equal rights, respect in their fields - anything I could do to support women I have done."

The small Ohio town of Steubenville was rocked when the young victim accused two high school American football players of raping her while she was drunk at a party and testified that she remembered little of what happened in the early hours of 12th August, 2012, when she says she was assaulted.

Serena Williams makes history with golden victory for USA

Serena Williams
Serena Williams made history with victory on Centre Court. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Serena Williams captured another gold for USA at the Olympics with a straight-sets thrashing of Maria Sharapova in the women's singles final.

Williams won 6-0, 6-1 on Wimbledon's Centre Court to leave the Russian settling for silver.

It was an historic performance from the American, who becomes the first woman to win all four grand slams and an Olympic gold in both singles and doubles.

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