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Radwanksa scrapes through as opponent injures ankle

Croatia's Ana Konjuh in action against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska. REUTERS/Paul Childs
Croatia's Ana Konjuh in action against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska. REUTERS/Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - Agnieszka Radwanska avoided becoming the second of the top three women's seeds to lose at Wimbledon on Thursday, beating Croatia's Ana Konjuh 6-2 4-6 9-7 after her opponent took a tumble and needed treatment in the penultimate game.

Konjuh, ranked 103rd in the world, had three match points herself but, with the contest poised at 7-7 and 40-15 on Radwanska's serve, the Croat stepped on a ball she was chasing down and rolled her right ankle, collapsing at the chairs in tears.

She played on, heavily strapped, but with her movement limited, the third-seeded Pole held her nerve and took the match - booed by the crowd for playing a drop shot.

Earlier, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, seeded second, was ushered out of the grasscourt major by unheralded Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova.

(Reporting by Alison Williams, editing by Ed Osmond)

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