Isner, Darcis, Azarenka bow out of Wimbledon with injuries

Updated: June 26, 2013


John Isner retired from his second-round
match Wednesday at Wimbledon because of a knee injury and giant-killer Steve
Darcis was unable to take the court for his match because of a shoulder

Also, on the women’s side, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka also pulled out
prior to her second-round match with an undisclosed injury.

Isner hurt his left knee early in his match against Adrian Mannarino, took an
injury timeout and called it quits after two games.

The 18th-seeded American, of course, is best known at the All England Club for
playing the longest match in tennis history three years ago with a five-set
marathon in the first round against Nicolas Mahut. The 11-hour, 5-minute epic
took three days to complete because of rain and darkness, ending with a 70-68
score in the final set.

Darcis, meanwhile, withdrew before his scheduled second-rounder against Lukas
Kubot of Poland. The Belgian pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Grand
Slam history on Monday with a three-set shocker over two-time Wimbledon champ
Rafael Nadal.

“Had to withdrawn after a win like this!?THE most difficult thing i had to
do!!!#triedeverythingtoplaybutdidntwork!!!!” Darcis wrote on Twitter.

Azarenka was slated to take on Flavia Pennetta in the second round, but she
was clearly hobbled during her first-round win over Portugal’s Maria Joao
Koehler. Azarenka did a split behind the baseline during the match and
appeared to injure her right knee, which required treatment on three occasions
as she completed a 6-1, 6-2 triumph.

The reigning Australian Open champ apparently tried to warm up on Wednesday
morning before the match, but was unable to play, giving Pennetta a walkover
into the third round.