This Date in Wimbledon History: June 25
Every morning during Wimbledon, we'll take a look back at a memorable match that occurred on that calendar day at the All England Club.
June 25, 2005: Jill Craybas d. Serena Williams, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
World No. 85 Craybas had all of nine career Grand Slam victories to her credit when she stunned two-time champion Serena in the third round. The former No. 1 arrived at the All England Club aiming for her fourth straight trip to the Wimbledon final, but looked out of shape and out of sorts in suffering her earliest exit from a major since she fell in the third round of the 1999 French Open.
"I guess I had a lot of rust. I just didn't play well today," said Williams, whose eyes filled with tears in the post-match press conference. "I mean, the other days I kind of played through it and the second and third set I got better. But today I just didn't do anything right."
The 30-year-old American underdog played fearless tennis to shock one Williams and set up a fourth-round match with another, Venus. (Craybas would lose that match, 6-0, 6-2.)
"It's about really trusting yourself and going after each particular shot no matter what situation you're in," Craybas said. "Previously, when I saw her across the court, I was probably thinking to myself, 'Oh, my God, I'm playing the No. 1 player in the world.' Today, as soon as I walked on the court, I just felt like we were equals. And I think that made a big difference to me."
June 25: Craybas stuns Serena (2005)
June 26: Rusedski falls to World's Biggest Loser (2000)
June 27: Zheng slays No. 1, reaches milestone (2008)
June 28: Henman's last hurrah (2007)
June 29: British Invasion: Wade beats Evert (1977)
June 30: Bjorn, Vitas collaborate on a classic (1977)
July 1: Tarango walks out (1995)
July 2: Borg fends off Connors in fifth set (1977)
July 3: Sharapova becomes a star (2004)
July 4: McEnroe finally beats Borg (1981)
July 5: Venus defeats, then defeats with, Serena (2008)
July 6: Rafter catches Agassi at the end (2001)
July 7: Becker becomes youngest champion (1985)
July 8: Mauresmo denies Henin Wimbledon (2006)