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Retirements Aplenty in the Aussie

Photo of Victoria Azarenka by tripletrouble.

Photo of Victoria Azarenka by tripletrouble.

The day is only about halfway done and there have already been three retirements in the singles matches. The first retirement occurred in the Gilles Simon-Gael Monfils match. This was a match of streaks, where Simon took the first set, Monfils took the second, and then Simon stormed back to take the third set. It was at the start of the fourth set, however, that Monfils took an injury timeout to have his right wrist examined, after which he retired from the match. 

The second retirement occurred in the Svetlana Kuznetsova-Jie Zheng match. Kuznetsova had a commanding 4-1 lead in the first set before Zheng retired with a left wrist injury.

The final retirement was definitely the most dramatic one. Victoria Azarenka had been in a hard-fought battle with 2nd seed Serena Williams and had even won the first set 6-4. It was apparent, however, that she was beginning to look tired and dizzy at the end of that set, which allowed Williams to surge to a 4-2 lead in the second set. Azarenka tried to play through the pain, but it was apparent that something was wrong, as Azarenka looked like a boxer who has just been through 10 rounds and she was barely able to even walk around the back of the court. Even the television announcers expressed their concern, as they feared that she might faint. Azarenka, however, finally retired from the match and as she did so, she couldn’t help but let the tears flow as the crowd chanted her name.  Azarenka was reportedly suffering from food poisoning. 

In the quarterfinals, Serena Williams will face Svetlana Kuznetsova and Gilles Simon will play the winner of the Rafael Nadal-Fernando Gonzalez match.

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