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Jun 26, 2013 8:49 PM by Andrew Masuda

Federer, Sharapova knocked out of Wimbledon

It was a wild Wednesday of Wimbledon filled with major upsets and the loss of seven players to either withdrawals or mid-match retirements.

Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years. He had reached the quarterfinals in 34 consecutive Grand Slams. The 27-year-old Ukrainian outplayed Federer on Centre Court, winning 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) in one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam history.

Maria Sharapova was knocked out of Wimbledon by a 131st-ranked qualifier on a day when injuries forced the withdrawal of seven other players. The third-seeded Sharapova, the Wimbledon champion in 2004 champion, lost 6-3, 6-4 to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal in the second round at the All England Club.

Playing with tape on her right ankle, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki slumped to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Petra Cetkovska in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.The ninth-seeded Wozniacki, who has never fared very well on the London grass, is going through a mediocre season. She also lost in the 2nd round at the French Open.

American Sloane Stephens advanced to the third round with a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 8-6 win over Andrea Petkovic of Germany. The 17th-seeded Stephens served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, but got broken. Stephens broke serve at love in the final game to win the match, which lasted 2 hours, 36 minutes.

The seven withdrawals are believed to be the most in one day at a Grand Slam tournament in the 45-year Open era. Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka and sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among the players departing on Day 3 at the All England Club. Also out: Steve Darcis, the man who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round; John Isner, who won the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010; 10th-seeded Marin Cilic; 2006 quarterfinalist Radek Stepanek; and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Two-time men's champion Rafael Nadal was beaten on Monday by 135th-ranked Steve Darcis in the first round.

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