Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Wimbledon along with Steve Darcis, John Isner, Marin Cilic and Radek Stepanek

// World | Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Wimbledon along with Steve Darcis, John Isner, Marin Cilic and Radek Stepanek
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Victoria Azarenka twisted her knee badly during her first round match
  • The Belarusian blames the courts for her nasty fall
  • Steve Darcis, Rafael Nadal's conqueror, suffered a shoulder injury during their first round match
  • Marin Cilic, due to play Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, suffers knee issue
  • John Isner and Radek Stepanek pulled out during their matches
  • Several other players have slipped over, many on Centre Court

By Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED: 07:58 EST, 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:27 EST, 26 June 2013

18

View
comments


Victoria Azarenka asked the All-England club to examine the state of the courts at Wimbledon after she became the second high-profile injury casualty this week.

The second seed slipped during the second set of her victory over Maria Joao Koehler, damaging her right knee.

Although she completed the match, the powerful right-hander follows Steve Darcis into pulling out of the tournament.

Painful: Victoria Azarenka slipped over on the baseline against Maria Joao Koehler

Painful: Victoria Azarenka slipped over on the baseline against Maria Joao Koehler

Scary: Azarenka looked to be in agony at the back of the court

Scary: Azarenka looked to be in agony at the back of the court

American John Isner, known for playing the longest match in tennis history with Nicolas Mahut, stopped after just two games against Adrian Mannarino after a left knee problem reared its ugly head, while Radek Stepanek lasted two sets before succumbing to a thigh injury.

Tenth seed Marin Cilic was due to play Frenchman Kenny de Schepper in the second round, but withdrew before playing. It will make Andy Murray's path even easier as they were going to meet in the quarter-final.

Azarenka did not point the finger of blame directly at organisers, she said that her fall asked questions of the court's condition.

Victoria Azarenka injured
Assistance: Azarenka receives treatment on the ground

Assistance: Azarenka receives treatment on the ground

Carry on: Azarenka was eventually helped to her feet before going on to win

Wimbledon have confirmed that they have done nothing different to prepare the courts from previous years.

The Belarusian attempted a fitness test on the practice courts but had to admit defeat, Italian Flavia Pannetta awarded passage to Round Three.

Azarenka said: 'It was slippery out there on Monday - and obviously I slipped.

Bang: Belgian Steve Darcis falling on his shoulder in his match against Rafael Nadal

Bang: Belgian Steve Darcis falling on his shoulder in his match against Rafael Nadal

End of the line: Darcis walks disappointingly through SW19 after pulling out

End of the line: Darcis walks disappointingly through SW19 after pulling out

Gone: Darcis was forced out of his second round clash with a shoulder problem

Gone: Darcis was forced out of his second round clash with a shoulder problem

Going home: Unfortunately for Darcis he will not get to go on a dream run

Going home: Unfortunately for Darcis he will not get to go on a dream run

'I think that (the condition of the courts) is something that could be looked into.

'I don't think it was in a good condition. I fell badly, my opponent fell twice.

'It would be great if someone who was responsible for these things looked at it because there's nothing that I did wrong to cause me to slip.'

Another: Marin Cilic, the Queen's Club runner up, has also pulled out from a knee injury

Another: Marin Cilic, the Queen's Club runner up, has also pulled out from a knee injury

Trouble: John Isner needed to received prolonged treatment on a left knee problem

Trouble: John Isner needed to received prolonged treatment on a left knee problem

Fifth seed Sara Errani said she was afraid to run on the courts for fear of injuring herself on Monday after her defeat to Monica Puig.

Darcis picked up a shoulder injury during his tussle with the Spaniard and was given no option but to pull out of his second round tie with Lukasz Kubot.

He took to Twitter moments after the official announcement to explain his decision:'Have to throw the sponge without a fight after beating rafa? THE + the painful decision of my career!! @pourtantoutessaye!

Unable to continue: Isner decided there was no way of carrying on and called off the match

Unable to continue: Isner decided there was no way of carrying on and called off the match

Hurting: Radek Stepanek receiving treatment in his match with the giant Pole Jerzy Janowicz

Hurting: Radek Stepanek receiving treatment in his match with the giant Pole Jerzy Janowicz

'Had to Effective withdrawn a win like this? THE MOST difficulty thing i had to do! @triedeverythingtoplaybutdidntwork !!'

6ft 9in Isner took a 10-minute break for treatment before attempting to carry on against Frenchman Mannarino, but his movement was clearly restricted.

He eventually went to umpire Enric Molina at the end of the second game to confirm he could not go on, before shaking hands with his opponent.

Crooked: France's Julien Benneteau went down after twisting his knee

Crooked: France's Julien Benneteau went down after twisting his knee

Depressed: Benneteau needed lengthy treatemtn to continue against Fernando Verdasco

Depressed: Benneteau needed lengthy treatemtn to continue against Fernando Verdasco

Taking a tumble: Caroline Wozniacki falls over in the fourth game of her second round match against Petra Cetkovska

Taking a tumble: Caroline Wozniacki falls over in the fourth game of her second round match against Petra Cetkovska

Explaining how his injury occurred, Isner said: 'It was the third point of the match. I didn't do anything different. I went to serve, and I think it was as I landed.

'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.

'It wasn't like a pop. There wasn't anything. It just grabbed 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.'

He self-diagnosed the problem as a tendon issue but does not expect to require surgery.

Shock: She had boyfriend Rory McIlroy worried though when she was down

Shock: She had boyfriend Rory McIlroy worried though when she was down

Worrying: Spain's David Ferrer also slipped on Centre Court

Worrying: Spain's David Ferrer also slipped on Centre Court

David Ferrer
Tumble: Even world No 1 Novak Djokovic struggled to keep his footing

Tumble: Even world No 1 Novak Djokovic struggled to keep his footing

He said: 'I just can't bend my knee. I can walk as long as I keep it straight.'

The injury woes did not end there. Caroline Wozniacki looks to be in some difficulty out on Court No 2 after falling very awkwardly during the fourth game of her match against Petra Cetkovska.

Wozniacki called for the trainer after appearing to twist her right ankle. She received treatment but was then broken in her subsequent service game. The world No 9 looked close to tears at 4-1 down.

Splits: Serbia's Jelena Jankovic ended up in a position very similar to Azarenka

Splits: Serbia's Jelena Jankovic ended up in a position very similar to Azarenka

Not impressed: Jankovic was clearly worried after her fall

Not impressed: Jankovic was clearly worried after her fall

Cilic was also vocal about the players' problems: 'I would say very black day. I mean, the other days, other weeks, there were no pull outs. I mean, just happened today everything.

'So difficult to say what's the explanation. But, I mean, everything is related to individual. Difficult to say what the real issue is.

'It's more because of obviously much lower bounces, putting more pressure on my body and my knees, as I'm pretty tall.  It also has a difficulty on movement.  It's a bit tougher to move on grass than other surfaces.

'I felt just that it's a bit quicker conditions this year than the last year. That's basically it.'

Down: Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych slips in his match against Slovakia's Martin Klizan

Down: Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych slips in his match against Slovakia's Martin Klizan

Crash landing: Canada's Eugenie Bouchard found it hard to stay on her feet

Crash landing: Canada's Eugenie Bouchard found it hard to stay on her feet

Full transcript of Victoria Azarenka interview

Q.  Since the injury, can you just describe what happened the past couple of days?  What's going on?

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Well, I mean, it was pretty obvious it was a very bad fall.  I tried to stay optimistic as possible. Went to get an MRI, and I thought there was hope for some good news because MRI didn't show something really torn, something extreme. So that was a small positive note on that. 

But in the other way, didn't show very promising near future for me. So we tried to do everything as possible, but it was just very significant fall. To recover in two days after that seems impossible with the compensation on the entire body by finishing that match.

The injury maybe takes 48 hours gap, and 48 hours just made it worse.

Q.  It's torn?  It's a strain?  Do you know exactly what it is?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I forget the medical term. It's something with a bone bruise. It's kind of a bone bruise. 

I'm sorry, I'm just not sure of the medical term. The tendon and the ligament was not hurt, which as I said was a positive news. 

But the rest, no. 

Q.  How long will you be out now? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I don't know. I'm going to do more examination right now. It was very difficult to kind of accept that. Just a bad luck. Really bad luck.

Q.  When did you decide to give up? When did you know that you were not going to play today?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Well, before I tried to practice today a little bit to see if it's going to warmup or with the treatment get better.

It just didn't; just got worse. So today, I mean.

Q.  We keep seeing pictures of people falling. Is there anything different with the courts this year?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  You know, I'm wondering the same question, because the court was not in a very good condition that day. I mean, my opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after.

So I don't know if it's the court or the weather. I can't figure it out it. Would be great if the club or somebody who takes care of the court just would examine or try to find an issue so that wouldn't happen.

Because on something like this, there is nothing I could have done, you know, to make that better.  There is nothing I've done wrong that cost me to just withdraw from Wimbledon.

Q.  Did the ball bounce any differently? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I don't think so. Not really sure. 

Q.  What was bad about the condition of the court?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Slippery. It was slippery. Obviously I slipped. 

Q.  The foot injury earlier this season, now this. Mentally I guess it's frustrating and tough at the moment. 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  Very tough. I mean, I couldn't be any more disappointed. Wimbledon is just a tournament I was looking so forward to. I love playing here. 

To not be able to kind of play just because of something with such a bad luck is very, very frustrating. I couldn't be more disappointed.

Q.  Did you feel in shape to be winning the tournament as well? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I think so. I was playing well. I started my first match well. I mean, the game, I wasn't so worried about that. I think I did very good preparation. I was in shape and everything.
But as I said, I couldn't prevent something that happened.

Q.  Now where are you going? Are you staying here?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  As I said, I need to do furthermore examination, because my body had to compensate a whole lot after that fall.

From there I will see where is the best place for me to recover. That's going to be the main priority right now.

Q.  You said you were frustrated with the condition of the court. Did you speak to the club and let your concerns be known? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I mean, I didn't say that, frustrated with the court. I think there might be a cause    as I said, there's something that could be looked into.

I cannot take out my frustration on the court or something because it's out of my hands. It's something that maybe can be looked in the future. 

Q.  How do you get past this mentally? How do you get over the disappointment? How do you regroup and come back from this?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  You know, right now I don't see anything positive as of today because I'm disappointed extremely. 

But there is positive news. I'm pretty lucky that what happened to me is not critical. Could be, because after the fall the doctors saw and they are surprised that I'm even able to get up.

So I guess that's one of the positive things that I can look up to. 

Q.  Did they tell you how long before you could be back out? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  No. I don't know yet.

Q.  Grass court is your biggest fear now? 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  My biggest fear is heights, not grass court or anything else. And spiders.  So...

Q.  Your hip too, or just the knee? I heard your hip was maybe injured at the same time. 

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  As I said, there has been compensation, because when I fell I had tremendous pain in my knee, and from stopping and loading I had to use my hip and my back.

So with that it's just the whole body has been compensating. 

Q.  Have you seen the video yourself?

VICTORIA AZARENKA:  I have. Couldn't miss that. It was on TV about hundred times.

MOST WATCHED SPORT VIDEOS

MOST READ SPORT

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Ebola Outbreak: 39 immigrants from DR Congo, Sierra Leone arrested at two hotels in Lagos

Lagos-At least 39 foreign nationals were yesterday arrested by Police and Immigration officers in two hotels on Lagos Island. It was gathered that they were arrested ... Full story

Maheeda - ‘I Had S3x With Davido’

Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all from Maheeda, she digs into her bag of mischief for more tricks. A few weeks ... Full story

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's Wife Files For Divorce On The Grounds Of Adultery!

Nothing hides forever. May God forgive me, but I have said it here before that Pastor should come open and tell us if marrying More ... Full story

National Universities Commission Publishes List Of Illegal Universities In Nigeria

The National Universities Commission (NUC) wishes to announce to the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduates, that the under-listed “Degree Mills” have not been ... Full story

Nigerian immigrants seeking asylum under harsh conditions in Pretoria, South Africa - Video

Here are some photos and a video shot that captures the plight of Nigerian immigrants seeking asylum under harsh conditions in Pretoria, South Africa. According to ... Full story

Nollywood Actress Kate Henshaw Going Into Politics - Video

Kate Henshaw has told Reporters that she will be taking a break from acting for now to pursue her political career. She also says she ... Full story

Nigeria’s Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu Confirms Ebola Death In Port Harcourt

Nigeria has confirmed its first Ebola death outside Lagos – a doctor in the oil hub of Port Harcourt. Nigeria’s Health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the ...

Charly Boy Gives Lessons On Marriage

Son of late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, Charles, better addressed as Charly Boy, says marriage is not all about finding someone who matches up with on ... Full story

Samuel Sadela, Nigeria’s Oldest Pastor, Dies At Age 114

The Founder and President of the Gospel Apostolic Church, Pa Samuel Sadela, has passed on. He was aged 114. Although a senior pastor in the church reportedly ...

Nigerian soldiers that fled to Cameroon following a fierce battle with Boko Haram militants, return

Some of the Nigerian soldiers that fled to Cameroon following a fierce battle with Boko Haram militants in locations around Borno and Adamawa states have ...

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Says Many Pastors Will Go To Hell

Founder and head pastor of Believers Love World, popularly known as Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome left members of his church shocked with his revelation while ... Full story

Comment on: Victoria Azarenka pulls out of Wimbledon along with Steve Darcis, John Isner, Marin Cilic and Radek Stepanek

Rate this article

0

Featured author

Paula Obiewkwe

Breaking News

Stella Damasus Speechless As Daughter Takes After Late Husband

Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus, best known for her social media activism on the challenging issues facing the country, has relaxed her voice as she is ...

I Gave Maheeda Clothes and Never Had Any Affair………..Ruggedman

Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman, has cried out to those that care to listen that he is not having any affairs with controversial singer, Maheeda.Ruggedman explain that ...

I Will Soon Be Getting Married But Not From Nollywood…….Baba Suwe

Special specie created by God as he best describes himself, comic Nollywood actor, Babatunde Omidina known as Baba Suwe, has disclosed that he will soon ...

Rita Dominic Reveals Present Relationship Status

Rita Dominic has revealed her relationship status. The actress said she is dating someone and she is happy that she is in the right place.The ...

Saidi Balogun Vows Never To Speak To Fathia Balogun Again

Few years after the rift and the marriage break up of actor Saidi Balogun and actress Fatiha Balogun recently starred in Mercy Aigbe’s new movie ...

Paying Back With Bad, Adds No Value To Your Life………….Actor, Chinedu Ikedieze

Nollywood actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, has taken his time out to advice fans on how to tolerate one another no matter the situation surrounding them.The actor ...

'I could go to jail for my thoughts on Messi' - Ronaldo

World's best player, Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that rival Lionel Messi didn’t deserve to win the World Cup Golden Ball award this summer after the ...

Chris Oyakhilome's Wife, Anita Files For Divorce On Adultery Grounds

News reaching Nigeriafilms.com from The Cable has it that the dissolution of the marriage between Christ Embassy Church founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and his wife, ...

"You Do Not Have To Have University Education To Be Able To Make It" Folorunsho Alakija

No one would immediately believe that Mrs Folorunsho Alakija one of Africa's richest women and chairman of Famfa Oil never had a University education.The mother ...

Davido Lied! He Can’t Afford The Acquisition And Maintenance Of A Private Jet, See Why- Pas Chikero

Davido Lied! He Can’t Afford The Acquisition And Maintenance Of A Private Jet, See Why- Pas Chikero Nigerian Entertainers love to create hype with things ...