Three Was Not a Magic Number at Wimbledon on Wacky Wednesday

Maria Sharapova with media

(June 26, 2013) Three was a tragic number in tennis on Wednesday as opposed to a magic number on day three of Wimbledon which saw seven withdrawals or retirements, seven former number ones lose and a total of 11 seeds upset – four men and seven women.


Two No. 3 seeds lostRoger Federer and Maria Sharapova

S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [3] R Federer (SUI) 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-5, 7-6(5)

(Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-3, 6-4


Seeds or rankings with numbers divisible by three lost and/or were injured:


No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga – retired with a knee injury against Ernests Gulbis trailing 3-6, 6-3, 6-3


No. 9 seed Caroline Wozniacki – lost to 6-2, 6-2 to Petra Cetkovska


No. 12 seed Ana Ivanovic – lost to Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-3.


No. 18 John Isner retired from his match against Adrin Mannarino at 1-1


No. 27 seed Lucie Safarova lost to Karen Knapp 4-6, 6-4, 6-4


Ranked 135 Steve Darcis, conqueror of Rafael Nadal in the first round, withdrew with a right shoulder injury.