It’s only the third day of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, but it’s already been one to remember. Or forget.
Three of the top-five seeded players in both the men’s and women’s draws have already been ousted. And by unseeded opponents.
Sergiy Stakhovsky – a player who had never defeated top-10 opponent before – just defeated third-seeded Roger Federer in five sets, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5. 7-6. Earlier today, 19-year-old Michelle Larcher toppled third-seed Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4. And on the tournament’s opening day, Steve Darcis defeated fifth-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 7-6. 7-6, 6-4.
But for as wild as that is, it’s not even the crazy part.
Seven players pulled out of the tournament today, nearly all as a result of injuries suffered during the last few days. According to the International Tennis Federation, this is the first time during the open era that seven retirements or walkovers in singles occurred on the same day.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking withdraw was Steve Darcis, who suffered a right shoulder injury during the first set of his match with Rafa on Monday.
"I was playing the best tennis of my life here and to not go on court today is maybe the most disappointing thing I have to do," Darcis said.
Just 15 minutes into the day’s competition, American John Isner was forced to withdraw with a knee-injury. A short time later, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka withdrew from her match. She suffered a knee injury on the first day and wasn’t able to continue playing. Knee injuries also derailed the efforts of sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s and 10-seed Marin Cilic on what he described as a “very black day.”
Photos: (from left) Roger Federer (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) , Maria Sharapova (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images), Rafael Nadal (Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)