Wimbledon: Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn with a knee injury
Last Updated: June 26, 2013 5:25pm
Victoria Azarenka: Suffered a right knee injury in her first round match
Second seed Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon before her second round match with a knee injury.
The Belarusian, a two-time semi-finalist at SW19, fell heavily in her opening match against Maria Joao Koehler before going through 6-1 6-2.
However, she required a medical time-out at the start of the second set on Monday and had to have the knee strapped.
She was due to be first up on Centre Court against Flavia Pennetta on Wednesday but pulled out just minutes before the match.
"I couldn't be any more disappointed," she said. "Wimbledon is a tournament I was looking so forward to. I love playing here.
"To not be able to play just because of bad luck is very, very frustrating.
"I cannot take out my frustration on the court or something because it's out of my hands. It's something that maybe can be looked at in the future.
"The court was not in a very good condition that day. My opponent fell twice; I fell badly; there were some other people who fell after.
"I can't figure it out. It would be great if the club or somebody who takes care of the court would examine or try to find an issue so that wouldn't happen."
The news is a huge blow to Azarenka and indeed the women's draw, with few live dangers to five-time champion and hot favourite Serena Williams remaining in the draw.
Pennetta will face Alize Cornet in the third round after the Frenchwoman defeat Su-Weh Hsieh 6-3 6-2.
In the same quarter, eighth seed and former champion Petra Kvitova was another to benefit from a walkover when Yaroslava Schvedova was deemed unable to compete, citing an arm injury.