Aus Open sees first retirement as Sebi Korda struck by down injury

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The Australian Open saw a player retire a match for the first time this year when Sebastian Korda was forced to quit his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final after struggling with a wrist injury. The American was 7-6(5) 6-3 3-0 down to Karen Khachanov when he decided to stop, marking the end of his amazing Aussie summer which also saw him reach the Adelaide final. There had been a whopping 242 matches at this year’s tournament before the first retirement.

Korda’s first Major quarter-final ended in heartbreak as the 29th seed was forced to stop three games into the third set with a right wrist injury. The 22-year-old had required treatment for the problem mid-way through the second set after losing a close opener in a tiebreak.

The world No 31 has been forced to fend off break points early in the second but it was all one-way traffic once the injury set in and he has his wrist strapped up following a medical time out. Korda was broken from 40-0 up and didn’t win another game afterwards as Khachanov took the second set 6-3 and raced to a 3-0 lead in the third, when the American decided to stop the match and prevent aggravating his wrist.

It meant that an incredible streak of 242 matches without a retirement across the draws at this year’s Australian Open finally came to an end on day nine. 

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Korda had been enjoying an impressive run of results in Australia to start the season, as he reached the final of the Adelaide International ahead of the Aussie Open and held a championship point against Novak Djokovic before going down in three sets. He then upset seventh seed Daniil Medvedev in the third round in Melbourne before backing it up with a win over 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz to reach his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final.

But instead it’s Khachanov who advanceds to the last four for the second-consecutive Major after he also made it into the semi-final of the US Open in September.

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