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Wimbledon: Favourite Pliskova in shock exit at hands of Rybarikova

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Karolina Pliskova must keep searching for a Wimbledon breakthrough after a shock second-round loss to Magdalena Rybarikova blew the women's tournament wide open.

The third seed followed Czech countrywoman Petra Kvitova out of the tournament as the two title favourites managed just two wins between them.

Pliskova looked to be cruising at a set and a break up but switched off and was unable to turn things back in her favour as she slipped to a 3-6 7-5 6-2 defeat.

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a sickening injury yesterday.

The incident also called into question the response of the medical services at the All England Club as she lay screaming on the turf.

The 32-year-old's knee appeared to buckle underneath her during her second-round match with Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.

Cirstea climbed over the net to check on Mattek-Sands and was clearly upset by what she saw.

"It was heartbreaking to see her that way," said Cirstea. "Her knee was in a very weird position. I've never seen anything like this, probably except in the movies."

Mattek-Sands was eventually taken to hospital while Wimbledon said she had suffered an "acute knee injury", which Cirstea felt was a dislocated kneecap.

Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki is through after a 6-3 6-4 win over Tsvetana Pironkova, and ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska saved two match points as she beat Christina McHale 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 6-3.

French 12th seed Kristina Mladenovic hit out at the condition of Court 18 after her shock 2-6 6-4 6-4 defeat by American Alison Riske.

Mladenovic, who claimed other players have also complained about the courts, said: "There's no more grass, the baseline where we are running, it's very slippery.

"I don't know how to describe it. It's not even clay. It's not flat. You kind of have to run light and be careful," she said.

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