Wimbledon day three dominated by injuries

17:42, Jun 26 2013
Wimbledon 2013
Andy Murray wins in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon 2013, proving he can handle the pressure of British expectations.
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Victoria Azarenka is in pain, but hit back to win through in straight sets.
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Roger Federer has eased through in the first round of Wimbledon after his disappointment in Paris.
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Lleyton Hewitt managed to surprise a few with his shock victory over Stanislav Wawrinka.
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Ana Ivanovic has made it through to the second round of Wimbledon 2013.
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Petra Kvitova celebrates in style after securing a first round victory at Wimbledon.
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Kristina Mladenovic plays a forehard - but her Wimbledon adventure didn't last long against Maria Sharapova.
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Garbine Muguruza delivers a big forehand against home favourite Anne Keothavong at Wimbledon.
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In one of the biggest shocks of all time Rafael Nadal departed a Grand Slam in the first round for the first time.
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Nadal was beaten by unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis - the biggest win of the journeyman's career.
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Glamour girl Maria Sharapova made it through easily enough, keeping up her record of never losing in the first round at Wimbledon.
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Caroline Wozniacki fared better than boyfriend Rory McIlroy has over the last few months with first-round victory at Wimbledon.
Carina Witthoeft
Germany's Carina Witthoeft serves during her first round loss to Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur took just over an hour to sweep aside Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams got her Wimbledon title defence underway, winning in less than an hour.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic hit 12 aces and 40 winners as she got past Japan's Ayumi Morita in the first round.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic signs autographs for fans after his first round win over Germany's Florian Mayer.
Bernard Tomic
An ill Bernard Tomic covers his face with a towel during a change of ends.
Laura Robson
Local hope Laura Robson celebrates after defeating 10th-seed Maria Kirilenko.
Alison Riske
Alison Riske appears to be among the crowd as she serves during her match on Court 10.
Wimbledon centre court
A soldier stands on Wimbledon's centre court during a break in play.
Wimbledon balls
A ball boy lays out new balls at Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova gets up after slipping on centre court during her second round loss to qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.
Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt wipes sweat from his face during his loss to Dustin Brown.
Aussie Fanatics
Members of the Aussie Fanatics spectator group during Lleyton Hewitt's match.
Wimbledon net
A player walks behind the net during a break at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams avoided the string of upsets taking out top seeds at Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 in the second round.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova, bounced from Wimbledon on day three, watches boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov in action.
Virginia Wade
Commentator and former Wimbledon winner Virginia Wade speaks to the camera.
Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov winces as he gets treatment during his match against Grega Zemlja.
Jesse Levine
Jesse Levine of Canada stretches to hit a volley against Juan Martin del Potro.
Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic stumbles to the grass during his match against James Blake.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro serves during his centre court match against Jesse Levine.
Klara Zakopalova
Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic hits a backhand shot against Annika Beck.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic pumps her fists after upsetting 24th seed Peng Shuai in the second round at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon roof
Grounds crew remove the covers after the centre court roof was closed during match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Mathilde Johansson..
Laura Robson
Laura Robson plays a forehand shot during the conclusion of her match against Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino.
Grigor Dimitrov
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov slips into the splits on a slippery court against Grega Zmelja.
Jurgen Melzer
Jurgen Melzer tumbles head over heels during his match against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Jerzy Janowicz
Jerzy Janowicz gets down low to play a backhand volley.
Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber gathers her thoughts beneath a towel during her loss to Kaia Kanepi.
British fan
A spectator in Union Jack clothing cheers on Laura Robson.
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Andy Murray celebrates his win over Tommy Robredo.
Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny salutes to his supporters after defeating Victor Troicki in the third round at Wimbledon.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic missed a chance to serve for the match, then lost eight straight games to Laura Robson.
Laura Robson
Laura Robson reaches to play a forehand against Marina Erakovic.
Kenny de Scheepers
Kenny de Scheepers plays a shot on the run.
Wimbledon fans
Wimbledon fans dressed in all in pink watch Bernard Tomic and Richard Gasquet.
Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic drops to all fours after hitting a shot at the net.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki plays a forehand against Sam Stosur.
David Ferrer
David Ferrer is all concentration as he hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov.
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Hot favourite Serena Williams is the latest big name to go out of the 2013 Wimbledon championships.
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Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in their women's singles match.
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Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina hides his face in his shirt after losing a point during his men's singles tennis match against Andreas Seppi.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after defeating Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles match.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Tommy Haas of Germany on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Jerzy Janowicz of Poland celebrates match point during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
Kerrilyn Cramer
Chair umpire Kerrilyn Cramer watches on during the women's quarterfinal between Sabine Lisicki and Kaia Kanepi.
Kaia Kanepi
Estonian Kaia Kanepi plays a no-look backhand.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki reacts after a point during her quarterfinal victory over Kaia Kanepi.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska (right) and Li Na shake hands after their three-set Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli is handed new racquets by a ball-boy during her match against Sloane Stephens.
Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens powers into a forehand against Marion Bartoli.
Wimbledon rain
Spectators huddle under umbrellas during a rain break at Wimbledon.
Wimbledon rain
Wimbledon ground crew sprint out on the court to bring out the rain covers.
Kirsten Flipkens
Belgian Kirsten Flipkens reacts after upsetting Petra Kvitova to reach the semifinals.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic serves in the first set during his quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych.
Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych squeezes a backhand volley over the net.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro drops to the grass after finishing off David Ferrer.
David Ferrer
David Ferrer could not take advantage of Juan Martin del Potro's injured knee.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic
Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic watch Andy Murray.
Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot
Jerzy Janowicz (right) swaps shirts with compatriot Lukasz Kubot after their all-Polish quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
Jerzy Janowicz
Jerzy Janowicz plays a backhand shot during his quarterfinal against Lukasz Kubot.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray's face shows the anguish as he fell two sets behind.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray throws his wrist-band into the crowd after defeating Fernando Verdasco.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray stretches full-length to reach a ball against Fernando Verdasco.
Murray Mound
Spectators on 'Murray Mound' watch Andy Murray play Fernando Verdasco on the big screen.
Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco won the first two sets but could not hold off Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is handed his racquet by a ballboy after falling while diving to play a shot.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic kicks the ball away on a Juan Martin del Potro service fault.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro takes a seat with the crowd to catch his breath.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro stretches for a forehand volley.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic leaps in the air as he returns a Juan Martin del Potro serve.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli with the Venus Rosewater Dish after winning the ladies singles final at Wimbledon.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli is at full-stretch to play a shot.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki shed more tears, this time after losing in the final.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki had no answers for Marion Bartoli.
Wimbledon
Wimbledon ballgirls wait while a point is played.
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Clear blue skies hang over Wimbledon for the ladies singles final.
Bryan Brothers
The Bryan brothers do their trademark chest-bump after winning the Wimbledon title.
Bryan Brothers
The Bryan brothers, Bob (left) and Mike, hold up the gentlemen's doubles trophies after winning their fourth straight grand slam.
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Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy.
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People in Andy Murray's hometown, Dunblane, celebrate his Wimbledon victory.
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Andy Murray celebrates after winning the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
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Andy Murray reacts after winning Wimbledon.

Injuries knocked five players out of Wimbledon today - with second-seeded Victoria Azarenka joining a casualty list that included the man who stunned Rafael Nadal in the first round and the American who won the longest match in tennis history.

The start of Day 3 of the grass-court Grand Slam was less about the tennis results and more about a rash of injuries that forced out Azarenka, Steve Darcis and John Isner.

Also pulling out with injuries were 10th-seeded Marin Cilic (left knee) and 2006 quarterfinalist Radek Stepanek (left hamstring).

"I would say (it's a) very black day," Cilic said of the spate of injury withdrawals. "The other days, other weeks, there were no pullouts. Everything just happened today."

The tournament also lost a former champion, 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt, but he managed to play a match. The Australian was ousted by 189th-ranked German qualifier Dustin Brown, 6-4 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-2.

The dreadlocked Brown, who switched nationality from Jamaica in 2010, was in tears after beating the former No. 1-ranked player.

"I cried like a little girl," said Brown, who has played mainly on the lower-tier challenger circuit in 2013 and had never won a match at Wimbledon until this year.

For Hewitt, who upset 11th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, it was a dispiriting departure from his 15th straight appearance at the All England Club. Asked if he would be back next year, he said, "Yeah, definitely. We'll see."

Another former top-ranked player, Caroline Wozniacki, is leaving the tournament early. The ninth-seeded Dane - whose right ankle was taped - slumped to a 6-2 6-2 loss to 196th-ranked Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska, continuing her disappointing run since finishing 2011 as No 1.

In another women's match, Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard picked up the biggest victory of her career, beating 12th-seeded Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, 6-3 6-3 to reach the third round. The 66th-ranked Bouchard, who is 19, won the girls' title at the All England Club a year ago.

Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion, pulled out 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 reached the semifinals at Wimbledon the last two years and had been seeded to face five-time champion Serena Williams in the final.

It's only the second time in the Open era that a women's player seeded in the top 2 has conceded a match by walkover at any Grand Slam. The last time it happened was in 1974 at the French Open when second-seeded Nancy Richey pulled out before a match.

In her match against Koehler, Azarenka did the splits near the baseline, then crumpled to the grass, clutching her right knee and sobbing. She recovered after a medical timeout to win. Azarenka said on Wednesday that medical tests showed she had a bone bruise rather than a tear but was unable to recover in time.

"We tried to do everything we could, but it was a very significant fall," she said. "To recover in two days after that seemed impossible."

Darcis, the 135th-ranked Belgian 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.

Darcis, who had been scheduled to play Lukasz Kubot of Poland, said he hurt his shoulder while diving for a shot in the first set against Nadal.

"After the match, a few hours after, I start to feel so much pain, I couldn't sleep that night," he said. "I saw the physio, the doctor, yesterday. They did a good job. It's a little bit better today. But no chance I can play. I cannot serve. It makes no sense to go on the court to withdraw after two games."

Darcis had become an overnight sensation after beating the eight-time French Open champion and holder of 12 Grand Slam titles.

"When you beat a guy like Rafa first round, you want to show more, you want to play more matches," Darcis said. "I was playing maybe the best tennis in my life here. Not to go on the court today, it's maybe the biggest disappointing thing I have to do."

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.

Isner took a medical time out during the second game and a trainer taped the knee. But he was clearly hobbled and decided to quit after serving the first point in the third game.

The retirement came three years after Isner beat Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in a match that lasted more than 11 hours over three days. Now, Isner is out after one of the shortest matches in Wimbledon history.

Isner, who was trying to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time, said he felt something in his knee when he landed on his left leg after hitting a serve on the third point of the match.

"I always serve and land on my left leg, like I have done 20 million times playing this game, and this is the first time I just felt this sharp pain," he said. "It didn't pop. It just grabbed like really badly, and I knew I was in serious trouble then. I knew at that point it was not likely I was going to be able to play."

Isner said it appeared to be a tendon injury, not a major tear, and he does not expect to need surgery.

"I just can't bend my knee," he said. "I can walk as long as I keep it straight."

Away from the injury front, seven-time champion Roger Federer was to face Sergiy Stakhovsky on Centre Court, while 2012 US Open champion and Wimbledon runner-up Andy Murray was placed on Court 1.

Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champ, was scheduled to play her second-round match on Court 2 against 131st-ranked qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal.

THE INFIRMARY

Wimbledon was hit by a record number of retirements and walkovers as injuries forced seven players to quit the singles events on Day Three of the two-week tournament.

In total, 10 players have already withdrawn this year.

Following is a list of the players who pulled out on Wednesday in alphabetical order:

VICTORIA AZARENKA: The Belarussian second seed took a bad fall in her first-round match on Monday and her knee failed to recover for Wednesday's clash with Italy's Flavia Pennetta.

MARIN CILIC: The Croatian 10th seed withdrew with knee trouble before his second round match against Frenchman Kenny De Schepper.

STEVE DARCIS: The Belgian, who had been due to face Pole Lukasz Kubot, pulled out after saying he injured his right shoulder in his stunning victory over Rafa Nadal on Monday.

JOHN ISNER: The American marathon man, whose longest-ever tennis match is part of Wimbledon folklore, lasted only two games before his knee buckled against Adrian Mannarino.

YARASLAVA SHVEDOVA: The Kazakh player gave 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova a walkover because of an arm injury.

RADEK STEPANEK: The Czech veteran quit with a hamstring injury while trailing powerful Pole Jerzy Janowicz.

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA: The French sixth seed retired with a knee injury during his second round match against Latvia's Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court.

In the first two days, Argentine Guido Pella was carried off court on a stretcher after a fall, Swiss Romani Oprandi was also injured and German Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out due to flu.

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Victoria Azarenka
KNEE ISSUE: Victoria Azarenka grimaces during her first round victory over Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal. She was forced to withdraw with a knee injury before her second round match.
John Isner
HURTING: John Isner flexes his left knee during a medical time out, before withdrawing from his second round match against Adrian Mannarino at Wimbledon.

AP