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Baghdatis in injury scare ahead of Wimbledon

Marcos Baghdatis, fresh from winning the Aegon Championship in Nottingham on Sunday, injured his shoulder against Stanislas Wawrinka

By Andreas Vou

MARCOS Baghdatis was forced to pull out of his second round match at Queen’s Club on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury after only five games, giving top seed and world number three Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland an easy ride into the next round.

The Cypriot star was holding his own against this year’s Australian Open champion, with the opening five games going with serve.
However, with the score at 3-2 to Wawrinka, Baghdatis said he was suffering from pains in his shoulder and informed the umpire that he could not continue.

Baghdatis was fresh from winning the Aegon Trophy in Nottingham on Sunday, where he defeated Marinko Matosevic in the final to earn his first singles title since 2010 and was hoping to add to his exploits after being handed a wildcard.

The Limassol native had started the Queen’s tournament in the manner in which he had finished in Nottingham, defeating America’s Bradley Klahn 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round which set up a mouth-watering tie against Wawrinka.

While Baghdatis, 28, was certainly the underdog going into Wednesday afternoon’s match, his recent good form, coupled with the fact that Wawrinka had only made one doubles appearances on grass this year, had many looking forward to a gripping affair, but it was not to be.

Baghdatis can take solace from the excellent news received earlier in the day. The Cypriot has been handed a wildcard entry for Wimbledon which starts on June 23.
While the injury did not appear to look anything of extreme concern, the world number 118 must now be fully focused on recovering in time for the tournament where he reached the semi-finals back in 2006.

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