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Azarenka Withdraws At Wimbledon

Victoria Azarenka was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon just before her second round match due to a right knee injury. The World No.2's withdrawal sends Flavia Pennetta into the third round.

Published June 26, 2013 12:02

Azarenka Withdraws At Wimbledon
Victoria Azarenka

LONDON, England - Two days ago Victoria Azarenka fell to the court during her first round match with a right knee injury - after getting taped up, she went on to win the match. But after some tests, she was forced to withdraw from the tournament just before her second round match with Flavia Pennetta.

Azarenka talked about the unfortunate turn of events in a press conference at the All-England Club.

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

"But it didn't show a very promising near future for me. We tried everything possible, but it was a very significant fall. To recover in two days 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."

The exact injury? "I forget the medical term - it's kind of a bone bruise. I'm just not sure of the medical term, but the tendon and ligament were not hurt, which was positive news. But the rest, no."

Azarenka talked about the disappointment of withdrawing from one of her best Grand Slam events.

"I couldn't be more disappointed. Wimbledon is a tournament I was looking forward to. I love playing here. To not be able to play just because of something with such bad luck is very, very frustrating. I was playing well. I started my first match well. But I couldn't prevent something that happened.

"I don't see anything positive as of today. But there is positive news. I'm pretty lucky that what happened to me is not critical. It could have been, because after the fall the doctors saw it and they were surprised I was even able to get up. I guess that's one positive thing I can look up to."

And has the World No.2 seen the haunting video of the injury?

"I have," she said. "Couldn't miss that. It was on TV about a hundred times."

Pennetta, a former Top 10 player who returned from a six-month wrist injury lay-off a few months ago, makes the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2012 French Open. The Italian's best Grand Slam performances have all come at the US Open - three quarterfinals there, in 2008 (falling to Dinara Safina), 2009 (falling to Serena Williams) and 2011 (falling to Angelique Kerber).

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