Black Wednesday claims seven withdrawals or injuries in one day.
Marin Cilic, Belgian Steve Darcis vacated the competition after causing shock upset beating hot property Rafael Nadal in the preliminaries two days earlier when the contest began on Monday.
Victoria Azarenka suffered a drastic tumble in her first round win over Maria Joao Koehler. Azarenka needed treatment on court instantly. She finished the match but couldn’t go further in the competition and withdrew. She pulled out minutes before her second round contest unable to continue. She was in excruciating pain on Monday.
Croatian Cilic, with a knee injury, USA entry John Isner alongside Czech competitor Radek Stephanek all abdicated through injury.
Yaroslava Shvedova and rising challenger Jo-Wilfried-Tsonga, number six seed, retired 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Ernests Gulbis.
Maria Sharapova is also having trouble on the courts, with her and other players questioning the court’s quality control from the slippery surface of the lawn today.
Maria Sharapova’s hopes of the Wimbledon crown this year have faded as she lost her match moments ago. Sharapova is still questioning the surface of the court. She fell twice in her game.
UPDATE 8.21 PM
Roger Federer has sensationally been knocked out of the competition by Serhiy Stakhovsky as Black Wednesday at Wimbledon claims its latest shock elimination. Federer secured the first round after which Stakhovsky won last three of four sets to catapult his career further with a monumental defeat of sterling competition.