Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wimbledon suffers injuries setback as seven players pull out of tennis tournament

Seven players have been forced to pull out of Wimbledon on Wednesday in the most injury-hit second round in the competition's history.
Women's second seed Victoria Azarenka and men's sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among those who withdrew.
Organisers rejected Azarenka's claims that the courts were of poor quality, describing them as "high quality".
But Maria Sharapova, who lost to Michelle Larcher De Brito on court two, referred to the surface as "dangerous....Grass makes you move in a different way to clay and players use completely different muscles and a different technique."
Earlier, Steve Darcis, who beat Rafael Nadal in the first round, pulled out with a shoulder problem, while both Marin Cilic and John Isner retired with knee injuries and a left hamstring problem ended Radek Stepanek's campaign.
Yaroslava Shvedova then also withdrew ahead of her second-round match with eighth seed Petra Kvitova, citing an injury to her right arm.
"There has been a high number of withdrawals at the Championships today and we sympathise with all the players affected," said Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis in a statement (BBC)

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