Read how unheralded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens knocked out the only remaining Wimbledon champion in the women's draw - Petra Kvitova - this evening.
By Pascal Lemesre, Football League Editor Filed: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 16:45 UK
Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 07:45 UK
Heading into today's quarter-final, Petra Kvitova was the only former Wimbledon champion left in the women's draw at SW19.
We now know that there will be a brand new name on the Venus Rosewater Dish after Kirsten Flipkens sent 2011 champion Kvitova home in three sets.
Read how it all unfolded under the roof on Centre Court in our game-by-game updates below.
4.47pmGood afternoon! It's been a slow day at SW19 so far but, with the roof on Centre Court, things are set to heat up as Kvitova and Flipkens meet.
4.49pmAs mentioned above, Kvitova is the only women's Wimbledon winner left in the draw. Who would have thought that when the tournament started a little over a week ago?!
4.51pmH2H: These two have met twice before and they're at one win apiece. The last meeting earlier this year in Miami was won by Flipkens, who is slight underdog today.
4.51pmChair umpire Juan Zhang says that Flipkens won the toss and chose to serve. Here we go...
4.52pmFirst point to Flipkens as Kvitova hits long but then the Belgian double faults and there's clearly a bit of nerves from the 20th seed.
Kvitova *0-1 FlipkensFlipkens recovers from that double to hold to 30. Now over to Kvitova to get on the board.
Kvitova 1-1* FlipkensShe manages to do so, also holding to 30. Flipkens produced a sublime forehand pass in the middle of the game but couldn't earn a break point.
Kvitova *1-2 FlipkensWow, what a shot to hold serve from Flipkens! At 40-15 Kvitova bullets a crosscourt backhand that pulls the Belgian wide but she hits a clean winner over the highest part of the net off the forehand. Superb!
5.01pmUPDATE: Play is still yet to resume on the outside courts because of rain and @Wimbledon have just released another update on Twitter: "Rain expected to continue at #Wimbledon for another half an hour. Once it stops the courts will be inspected & the covers will come off."
5.04pmWe're at deuce for the first time in the match as Kvitova approaches the net with a backhand but hits it a little too flat and it goes long.
5.07pmKvitova has now spurned three chances to close out this game as Flipkens hangs on and looks to open up break point.
Kvitova 2-2* FlipkensShe can't though and Kvitova keeps her serve at the fifth time of asking by putting away a short backhand.
5.10pmFlipkens opens the fifth game well to move 30-0 ahead but Kvitova reminds the Belgian of her power with a ferocious backhand down the line.
5.11pmThat winner does little to scare the lower-ranked woman who decides to serve-and-volley at 40-15 but she's passed by a looping Kvitova forehand.
5.12pmTwo return winners in a row from the Czech and she's now got BREAK POINT...
Kvitova *3-2 FlipkensBREAK! The eighth seed latches onto a second serve and blasts it right back at the feet of Flipkens who can do very little to send it back over.
Kvitova 3-3* FlipkensBREAK BACK! Flipkens isn't being overawed here and she breaks back instantly with a phenomenal return of her own, running around her backhand and lashing a forehand onto the baseline at 30-40.
Kvitova *4-3 FlipkensBREAK! It's three breaks in a row as Kvitova goes on the offensive and Flipkens can't handle the pace. The Czech finishes off the game with a big groundstroke and simple volley into an open court.
Kvitova 5-3* FlipkensKvitova holds serve to make sure that it isn't four breaks in a row on Centre. The 2011 champion is now a game away from the first set.
Kvitova *5-4 FlipkensTwo unreturnable serves from Flipkens see her hold for the first time in three attempts. It's now up to Kvitova to serve out the set.
5.26pmIt's Kvitova's winners that have put her ahead in this first set. She has 17 to Flipkens's six. The Belgian has made far fewer unforced errors though, just one to Kvitova's eight.
5.29pmFlipkens's return at 15-30 dips just over the net and Kvitova is off-balance in getting to the ball and shoots it out. TWO BREAK-BACK POINTS for the Belgian...
5.30pmThey're both gone! First Flipkens hit a return into the net before dragging a forehand wide. Deuce it is.
5.30pmNow SET POINT Kvitova as Flipkens fails to get the Czech's down-the-T serve back in play...
5.31pmKvitova sets up the point well but swipes a forehand long with Flipkens on the run.
5.33pmAnother chance to grab the set for Kvitova but she DOUBLE FAULTS for the first time in the match.
5.35pmKvitova has just saved two break-back points for Flipkens and we're back at deuce once more.
Kvitova 6-4 0-0* FlipkensSET! The Czech takes the set on the third opportunity after five deuces in a tense tenth game. Three-quarters of an hour it took.
5.38pmFlipkens shouldn't feel too downhearted. She played some great shots there and only made one unforced error to Kvitova's 13! The Belgian just needs to look more assured on serve. She'll open this set as the covers on the outside courts are removed.
6.10pmGreat hitting from the Belgian and she has THREE SET POINTS...
Kvitova 6-4 3-6 *0-0 FlipkensSET! Kvitova shows that she still has gas in the tank by saving the first well but a Flipkens ACE on the second seals the set.
6.14pmDespite calling for the doctor and losing that set, Kvitova is still the in-play favourite with bookies across the Internet. There's no reason Flipkens can't go on and win this though.
6.18pmWe have another delay in play as Kvitova goes off court to maybe splash some water on her face to wake up a little.
6.19pmThe decider is now underway though with Kvitova serving first.
Kvitova 6-4 3-6 1-0* FlipkensKvitova eases to 40-0 before nudging a forehand just past the corner and then horribly missing a smash. She doesn't allow Flipkens back to deuce though by winning the next point to hold serve.
6.49pmUPDATE: It's all over on No. 1 Court as Marion Bartoli ends young American Sloane Stephens's run at the Championships. The Frenchwoman will play the winner of this match in the last four.
6.50pmBack to Centre quickly and it's advantage Flipkens and BREAK POINT for the Belgian...
Kvitova 6-4 3-6 4-5* FlipkensBREAK! Kvitova hits a good backhand to the corner and Flipkens can only prod it back in the direction of the Czech at the net. You'd expect the 2011 champion to blast away the drive-volley but her backhand flies long! Unbelievable stuff and Flipkens will now serve for a place in the semis.
6.53pmRemember, before this year Flipkens had never got past the third round of a Grand Slam before. She reached round four at the Aussie Open earlier this year and now has the chance to make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
6.54pmAn extended rally to start the game and it's Kvitova who buckles by hitting out. 15-0.
6.54pmKvitova's shot is called in on the next but Flipkens challenges and it was out! 30-0.
6.57pmDrama right until the end! Kvitova saves the first two match points with a pair of brutal crosscourt backhands, but then Flipkens finds an ace out-wide at 40-30. Kvitova stands still and challenges the call but there was a puff of paint and HawkEye confirms that it was right in the corner of the service box.
6.59pmThe crowd applaud both women as they head off court. They've been treated to a gripping day of women's tennis that's lasted much longer than expected. Both quarter-finals went to three sets and you can relive it all on our hub of SW19 reports and reaction.
7.03pmThe women's semi-final lineup is complete then and here it is:
Lisicki vs. Radwanska Bartoli vs. Flipkens
7.05pmThat's all we've got time for on SM today. Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow at 12.30pm for men's quarter-final day. See you then.