Azarenka withdraws from Wimbledon due to injury, Wozniacki also out

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2nd seeded Victoria Azarenka should have played against the Italian Flavia Pennetta in the first match on Centre Court on Day 3 of Wimbledon 2013. However, she was foreced to withdraw due to a knee injury she suffered in her first round match, giving Pennetta a free card into the third round.

Caroline Wozniacki, the 9th seeded Dane, played the 28 year old, little known and 196th ranked Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska. The Dane led the head to head 2-0 going into this match; and she had 20 wins to 15 losses as opposed to her opponent’s win/loss stat of 2-3. The contenders defeated Cabeza Candella and Donna Vekic respectively in their first round encounter. The first two games went with serve just before Cetkovska broke for a 2-1 lead. With Cetkovska at advantage on her serve, Wozniacki slipped and hurt her Achilles tendon. After a medical time out, Cetkovska captured the game and built a solid 5-1 lead with her opponent in obvious pain and unable to run. Despite the Dane reducing the score, the Czech closed out the set 6-2. Games went with serve in the second set, with Wozniacki moving better, until Cetkovska broke in the 5th game to lead 3-2; and she did not let Wozniacki take another game as she took the set 6-2.

Kirsten Flipkens, the Belgian 20th seed, took on the 39th ranked Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia. Flipkens held a 2-1 lead in the head to head and a 2013 win/loss record of 22-15, while her opponent’s stat was 11-15. The Belgian defeated Yulia Putintseva in straights in the first round; Jovanovski got the better of Alja Tomljanovic in three. Flipkens broke Jovanovski in the first game and held on to her lead to take the first set 6-4. She then managed to take her opponent’s serve once again at the start of the second set, maintaining  her lead until she took the set at 6-4.

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