The Czech Republic tennis icon Petra Kvitova has been forced to withdraw from the French Open 2021 due to an ankle injury, which she felt during the first round match press conference on Sunday.
Former World No.2 has had a rollercoaster season so far. She claimed her 28th WTA title at the Qatar Open in the first week of March. However, Kvitova was seeded No.11 in the ongoing clay-court major event in Paris.
In Roland Garros, the two-time Grand Slam champion reached the second round after defeating Romanian qualifier Greet Minnen in the three sets (6-7, 7-6, 6-1).
“I Announce My Withdrawal From Roland Garros”, says Petra Kvitova
Kvitova was scheduled to lock horns with Russian Elena Vesnina for a third-round spot on the Parisian clay. But, unfortunately, a freak injury forced the 31-year-old from Bilovec to pull out from the second Grand Slam event of the season.
“It is with great disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” Petra Kvitova wrote on Twitter.
World No.12 continued, “During my post-match press requirements on Sunday, I fell and hurt my ankle. Unfortunately, after an MRI and much discussion with my team, I have made the tough decision that it would be unwise to play on it.”
The two-time Wimbledon Champion believes that she would be alright during the Grass-court swing. According to the WTA Tournament calendar, the Grass season will begin in Nottingham on 6th June. The Championships will occur from 28th June to 10th July in London.
“It’s incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the grass-court season,” Kvitova added.
Needless to say, Petra Kvitova’s withdrawal may be shocking and sad news for avid tennis fans following Bianca Andreescu and Garbine Muguruzu’s first-round defeat and Naomi Osaka’s unusual exit.