Although the strict all white dress code for
players at Wimbledon is being enforced with even less room for maneuver
this year, there has been a relaxation of the for debenture holders who
pay more than £50,000 for their tickets. Denim jeans are now permitted
although not of the ripped or torn variety.
Madison Keys, the teenage American who is
emerging as a great prospect for future grass court success after
winning the Aegon International title at Eastbourne nine days ago, has
been forced to withdraw from Wimbledon.
The Boca Raton-based 19 year-old, ranked a
career high world no.30 after her Eastbourne triumph, withdrew early on
Monday after deciding a left thigh injury rendered her unable to
continue her third round match with Yaroslava Shvedova.
Keys required treatment to her thigh late
in the second set of the match as the daylight faded on Saturday evening
she managed to persevere to the close of play for the day with Shvedova
leading 7-6(7), 6-6. However a day of further treatment and rest on
Sunday was not sufficient to heal the problem.
“I have a muscle strain in my adductor,”
reported Keys. ”It's not terrible, there’s not really long recovery
time. But they were warning me it could get worse if I played,
make recovery time even less longer.”
Ironically Keys started the match with her right
thigh taped, purely as a precautionary measure. “Middle of the second
set I kind of felt something a little bit,” she reported. “I was
thinking try to get through the set and maybe it could finish. I would
then have the next day to recover and try to get better.
“I came in this
morning and I had lots of tape on the thigh and I tried, but I couldn't
get through warm-up. So I decided to call it this morning.”
Despite her disappointment, Keys still feels
part of a new generation that are threatening the established stars with
the likes of Serena Williams, Li Na, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur and
Victoria Azarenka all losing in the first week of the Championships.
“I definitely think there's another generation
kind of coming through now,” said Keys. “You saw it at the French Open
with the big upsets. I kind of think we're all gaining a little bit of
confidence from each other.
We see, that she's doing it, so maybe I can go
out and do it as well. Definitely think there's kind of a new group
coming up right now.”