Vika was forced to retire against Caro a mere three games into their match this morning due to a left hip injury sustained when she slid for a ball. That's three straight retirements in North American tournaments for Vika, but it was a smart decision to pull the ripcord and retire. She played through much of last year's clay court season injured and it's just not worth it. Good on Sam Sumyk, who came down during a coaching time out to talk her out of continuing. I have no doubt that Vika would have kept playing if not for his wise words.
Vika wouldn't be the only player to pull out today. Tommy gave Delpo a walkover after he pulled out before their match with leg strains. He said the physio told him he'd risk muscle tears if he took the court. Good news for Delpo given that he's been under the weather this week. He'll need all his energy to take on Rafa on Saturday for a spot in the finals.