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Thigh Injury Forces Keys To Retire From Wimbledon






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.”


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