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Jasmine Paolini comforts Madison Keys after awful Wimbledon injury

Jasmine Paolini comforts Madison Keys after awful Wimbledon injury

Madison Keys was ready for a glorious Wimbledon moment on Sunday. But injuries and their unfortunate timing don’t always cooperate.

In a thrilling Round of 16 duel with Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, the American Keys was forced to retire at 5-5 of the third set after an upper-thigh injury she suffered mid-match became too much to overcome. The prospect of losing because of an ill-timed, mid-match injury understandably moved Keys.

She was in tears as she began walking off the Wimbledon court to a standing ovation from the watching crowd. She eventually greeted a remorseful Paolini, who clearly felt absolutely terrible for her opponent:

In her post-match interview, Paolini could’ve focused on boasting about winning her first-ever main draw match on grass. Instead, per Reuters, the Italian classily honored Keys, expressing some sincere sadness and grace in a challenging situation for any athlete:

“I’m so sorry for her [Keys]. To end the match like this it’s sad. We played a really good match. it was really tough, lots of up and downs. I feel a bit happy but also sad for her because it’s not easy to win like that,” Paolini said.

Paolini took things a step further on her Twitter account, where she wished Keys well in her injury recovery:

Good sportsmanship never goes out of style. If anything, it’s built for moments like this, where world-class tennis players understand that injuries can sometimes make any match a roll of the dice.

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