Upset losses by Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova highlighted an astounding Day 3 at Wimbledon. SB Nation's Bill Connelly wrote that "there has possibly never been a day like this in tennis' long history," as favored players were defeated in droves to open up the field of championship contenders on both draws.
Federer's loss to 116th-ranked Igor Sergiy Stakhovsky and Sharapova's loss to 131st-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito were written about here and here. Federer's 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6 loss to Stakhovsky ended a record streak of 36 consecutive quarterfinals appearances in Grand Slam tournaments stretching back to 2003. Sharapova seemed to struggle with an injury during her match, but at least finished for a 6-3, 6-4 loss.
Six major names were forced to retire before or during matches Wednesday. Connelly listed the casualties: Victoria Azarenka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Radek Stepanek and Day 1 star Steve Darcis will not be advancing any further at All England due to various ailments.
At least Andy Murray and Petra Kvitova gave the day some normalcy. Murray won 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 over Yen-Hsun Lu, and now has a favorable draw to the final with Federer no longer looming on his half of the bracket. No. 8 Kvitova is now one of just four Top 10-seeded women's players remaining at Wimbledon after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in yet another walkover.
No. 2 Andy Murray def. Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5
Sergiy Stakhovsky def. No. 3 Roger Federer, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-6
Ernests Gulbis def. No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 (Tsonga retired due to knee injury)
Kenny de Schepper def. No. 10 Marin Cilic (Celic retired due to knee injury)
No. 15 Nicolas Almagro def. Guillaume Rufin, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
Adrian Mannarino def. No. 18 John Isner, 1-1 (Isner retired due to knee injury)
Flavia Pennetta def. No. 2 Victoria Azarenka (Azarenka retired due to hip and knee injuries)
Michelle Larcher de Brito def. No. 3 Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4
No. 8 Petra Kvitova def. Yaroslava Shvedova (Shvedova retired)
Petra Cetkovska def. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-2
Eugenie Bouchard def. No. 12 Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-3
No. 15 Marion Bartoli def. Christina McHale, 7-5, 6-4
Vesna Dolonc def. No. 16 Jelena Jankovic, 7-5, 6-2