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Injuries have knocked three key players out of Wimbledon - second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, the Belgian who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round, and the American who won the longest match in tennis history.
Azarenka pulled out on Wednesday after hurting her right knee in her opening-round win against Maria Joao Koehler. She withdrew minutes before her second-round match against Flavia Pennetta.
Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion, had reached the semifinals at Wimbledon the last two years and had been seeded to face Serena Williams in the final.
Steve Darcis, who beat two-time champion Nadal in straight sets on Monday in one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, pulled out because of a right shoulder injury.
The 135th-ranked Darcis was scheduled to play Lukasz Kubot of Poland.
John Isner, the 18th-seeded American, retired during his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino of France with a left knee injury after only two games.
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Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka overcame a right knee injury from a scary fall for a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Maria Joao Koehler in her Wimbledon opener on Monday.
Azarenka won the first set easily and was ahead 1-0 in the second when she slipped and fell. She was sobbing on the court and received treatment during an injury timeout. She played the rest of the match with a heavy wrap...
Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of Wimbledon after hurting her right knee in her opening-round win.
Early in the second set of her match against Maria Joao Koehler, Azarenka did the splits near the baseline, then crumpled to the grass, clutching her right knee and sobbing.
Azarenka recovered after a medical timeout to finish out the 6-1, 6-2 victory on Monday but...
The Women’s second-seed, Victor Azarenka, took a spill during the first day of Wimbledon against Maria Joao Koehler. The match was delayed for about ten minutes after Azarenka injured her right knee slipping on the wet grass. Azarenka was tended to by a doctor and trainer. She returned to the match and won decisively, 6-1, 6-2..
The moment Azarenka crashed to the court. #wimbledon...
Victoria Azarenka ended up doing the splits on accident during her opening round match at Wimbledon against Maria João Koehler, and the result was a few of the minutes which were very hard to watch. Victoria hit the ground after doing the splits yelling in pain, and you could have heard a pin drop if it wasn’t for her. Somehow she recovered following the tumble and took down...
For lack of a better word, Day 3 of Wimbledon 2013 has been crazy! Wait! Actually, I can think of other words. Insane! Absurd! Ridiculous! What!?! Round 2 of Wimbledon was filled with injuries, upsets and opportunities.
There’s so much to discuss, that I couldn’t just pick one thing to talk about. If you didn’t have time to watch the games today, read on and experience the...
John Isner has retired from his second-round match at Wimbledon against Adrian Mannarino with a left knee injury.
The 18th-seeded American had won his opening service game and Mannarino was 15-0 up on his serve when Isner called for a medical time out.
The trainer put wrapping around Isner's knee. He returned to play but was clearly hobbled and unable to run for the ball.
(June 24, 2013) I can’t even fathom how often these words are said. Sometimes it feels like it’s far too much and sometimes it’s nowhere near enough. But that is the way things are and it can’t be ignored any more.
John Isner could be a great tennis player. No, he will never have the movement and defensive prowess of a Nadal or the precision of a Federer. But a...
Marathon man John Isner finished a quick Grand Slam match for a change, beating 66th-ranked Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-1, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) Monday in the first round of Wimbledon.
The 6-foot-9 Isner, who is seeded 18th, had 22 aces with just one double-fault. He didn't face a break point.
The match took only 1 hour, 43 minutes - a far cry from Isner's record-breaking 11...
Wednesday at Wimbledon saw multiple players withdraw or retire from matches at the All England Club due to injuries including No. 2 Victoria Azarenka, Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Steve Darcis, 18th seed John Isner, 10th seed Marin Cilic and veteran Radek Stepanek.
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(June 26, 2013) Players, fans, media members, Wimbledon trainers, and even my goldfish are all scratching their heads on this unprecedented injury-filled Wednesday.
Within the first four hours of play, five players had already been forced to withdraw due to injuries sustained on the slippery grass, and more continue throughout the day. As Darren Cahill states, the grass is typically...
THE CHAMPIONSHIPS Wimbledon, Great Britain June 24-July 7, 2013 Grand Slam Grass/Outdoors Results – Monday, June 24, 2013 Ladies’ Singles – First Round (2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 61 62 (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 76(5) 63 Monica Puig (PUR) d. (5) Sara Errani (ITA) 63 62 (8) [...]
Seven players were knocked out of Wimbledon on Wednesday by withdrawals or mid-match retirements in what was believed to be a record number of casualties 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...
WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE SINGLES ONLY CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 1.00 PM START 1 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 126 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR)  128 2 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  97 vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 100 3 Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 94 vs Roger Federer (SUI)  96 [...]