Fresh off dominating the French Open, Williams had won 34 consecutive matches. Before the tournament, Serena Williams was a 1-2 favorite to win. But the No. 23 seed Lisicki, a bigserving German, had an odd streak of her own. In her last four Wimbledons, Lisicki had defeated the reigning French Open champion.
In the first four games of the match, it was clear this match would be different for Williams than her first three. Her second service game went to six deuces, with Lisicki chasing down everything. When Williams closed out the game with an ace. But Williams failed to convert several break point opportunities, and was broken herself in the sixth game, making four straight errors to go down, 2-4. Then Lisicki broke Williams at love to win the first set, 6-2.
It seemed as if Williams had turned the match for good early in the second set. She broke Lisicki at love in the third game during a stretch of winning 14 consecutive points. Williams had two more service breaks to close out the set, 6-1.
But in a match full of momentum swings, there was still time for more. Up, 40-15, in the fifth game of the set, Williams got a bit cute with drop shots and made a handful of backhand errors to give Lisicki the break back. That began a streak of three straight breaks of serve. In the eighth game, serving at 3- 4, Lisicki fell behind by 0-40 but rallied with impeccable ground strokes and a timely ace to finally hold serve. Lisicki won the next two games to close out the match.
After hitting a forehand winner on her second match point, Lisicki fell on her stomach and lay on the court for several seconds to take it in.