Victoria Azarenka Survives Injury Scare To Advance On Day 1 Of Wimbledon 2013; Rafael Nadal, Sara Errani Suffer Shocking Upsets

Victoria Azarenka (click to enlarge)

Anybody who saw Mary Pierce’s career-ending injury suffered in 2006 in a match against Vera Zvonareva can hardly forget the scream of pain and continued wailing in agony. The 2-time singles Major winner had blown out her ACL, never to return as a tour player.

I had a scary flashback when I saw Victoria Azarenka go down in her Wimbledon 2013 first round match against Maria Joao Kohler. Luckily, despite the intial shock and pain, Vika was able to escape the same kind of calamity that befell Mary Pierce. Her knee is still sore, but she was able to get up and win the match. However, she’s going to still need more treatment. It’s great that she’s not too seriously injured, but a sore knee could doom her chances of winning Wimbledon as the competition gets stiffer and the grind of the fortnight takes a toll on her body.

Rafael Nadal (click to enlarge)

I generally focus on the women’s side of play on my blog, but when one of the best players of all-time, Rafael Nadal, gets ousted on Day 1 it can’t be overlooked. With all due respect to Steve Darcis, who took Rafa out in straight sets, 7-6 7-6 6-4, I have to wonder if Nadal’s knees were bothering him. To his credit, he refused to make excuses after the match. To see a 2-time Wimbledon champion so ineffective was a shock, especially considering how great Rafa looked coming into Wimbledon. Granted, he was coming in off of the clay court season. We all know Nadal is the King of Clay. Still, nobody saw this coming. Instead, there was talk about how the All-England Club had seeded Rafa too low at #5, which would have produced a Nadal-Federer match up in the quarterfinals, at least one round sooner than tennis fans thought was appropriate. No more of that controversy. Speaking of #5 seeds, I also have to say I was surprised to see Sara Errani get bounced out by 19-year old Monica Puig. Of course, there are some that say the up and coming Puerto Rican player might have a very bright future. We’ll see if this is a blip on the radar or whether Puig is here to stay.

First Round
Elena Baltacha vs. Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 1-6 final
Pauline Parmentier vs. Andrea Petkovic 3-6, 2-6 final
Silvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Misaki Doi 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 final
Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-0 final
Eugenie Bouchard vs. Galina Voskoboeva 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 final

Sofia Arvidsson vs. Mirjana Lucic 1-6, 4-6 final
Camila Giorgi vs. Samantha Murray 6-3, 6-4 final
Sara Errani (5) vs. Monica Puig 3-6, 2-6 final
Kiki Bertens vs. Yaroslava Shvedova 4-6, 3-6 final
Caroline Wozniacki (9) vs. Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-2 final

Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. Lesia Tsurenko 1-6, 3-6 final
Lucie Safarova (27) vs. Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-0 final
Sloane Stephens (17) vs. Jamie Hampton 6-3, 6-3 final
Jelena Jankovic (16) vs. Johanna Konta 6-2, 7-5 final
Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 1-6, 7-9 final

Garbine Muguruza Blanco vs. Anne Keothavong 6-4, 6-0 final
Christina McHale vs. Alexa Glatch 6-4, 6-4 final
Lucie Hradecka vs. Karin Knapp 3-6, 4-6 final
Carla Suarez Navarro (19) vs. Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 6-2 final
Varvara Lepchenko (26) vs. Eva Birnerova 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 final

Yanina Wickmayer vs. Vesna Dolonts 6-3, 2-6, 4-6 final
Alize Cornet (29) vs. Vania King 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 final
Petra Cetkovska vs. Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-1 final
Victoria Azarenka (2) vs. Maria Joao Koehler 6-1, 6-2 final
Ekaterina Makarova (25) vs. Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-3 final

Ana Ivanovic (12) vs. Virginie Razzano 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 final
Petra Kvitova (8) vs. Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 final
Kirsten Flipkens (20) vs. Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-4 final
Michelle Larcher de Brito vs. Melanie Oudin 7-6 (9-7), 1-6, 6-4 final
Maria Sharapova (3) vs. Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 final

Sorana Cirstea (22) vs. Stefanie Voegele 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) final
Marion Bartoli (15) vs. Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-5 final

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

VICTORIA AZARENKA

MARIA SHARAPOVA

ANDREA PETKOVIC

EUGENIE BOUCHARD

MONICA PUIG

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

SLOANE STEPHENS

JELENA JANKOVIC

ANA IVANOVIC

PETRA KVITOVA

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