Wimbledon 2013: Injuries force Azarenka, Isner, others out

June 26, 2013

John Isner felt a sharp pain in his knee — and had to drop out of Wimbledon. (Adrian Dennis / AP)

On the third day of play, Wimbledon looks like a M*A*S*H unit.

Players were knocked out by injuries today, including the No. 2 women’s seed and the American man known for his epically long matches. Victoria Azarenka withdrew after hurting her knee when she slipped in her first-round match Monday and John Isner, the top-seeded American man, retired from his second-round match after hurting his knee in the first game.

“I think it was as I planted … like I’ve done 20 million times playing this game,” Isner said. “This is the first time I just felt this sharp pain. It wasn’t like a pop. You hear athletes say, ‘Oh, crap, I feel like I heard it pop.’ … There’s nothing that popped. It just grabbed really badly and I knew I was in serious trouble.”

Radek Stepanek also suffered a leg injury and retired from his match.

And Steve Darcis, who pulled one of the great upsets in Wimbledon history with a victory over Rafael Nadal, withdrew because of a right shoulder injury he suffered against Nadal.

Isner, the 18th-seeded American best known for winning an 11-hour, three-day match three years ago, tried but could not continue his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino.

The No. 10 men’s seed, Marin Cilic, also had to withdraw because of a knee injury.

“Very black day,” Cilic said.

Caroline Wozniacki, who hurt her ankle when she slipped today was out in straight sets.

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