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Wimbledon 2018 — Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova lose in doubles quarterfinals

LONDON — Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ return to Wimbledon did not have an ideal ending.

Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova misplaced in the ladies’s doubles quarterfinals Wednesday, ending their first event collectively for the reason that American suffered a grotesque damage to her proper knee on the All England Club final 12 months.

She dislocated the kneecap and ruptured the patellar tendon when the duo had been seeking to win their fourth Grand Slam event in a row.

On Wednesday, they misplaced 5-7, 6-Four, 6-2 to Xu Yifan of China and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada.

Top seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic additionally had been eradicated with a 7-6 (Four), 6-Three loss to Abigail Spears and Alicja Rosolska.

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