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Tennis: Ankle injury at press conference ends Kvitova's French Open

Tennis: Ankle injury at press conference ends Kvitova's French Open

Tennis - WTA Masters 1000 - Madrid Open - Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain - May 3, 2021 Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in action during her round of 16 match against Russia's Veronika Kudermetova REUTERS/Sergio Perez

PARIS: Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open after injuring her ankle in a freak fall while performing her post-match media duties on Sunday (Jun 27), the 11th seeded Czech player said in a statement.

Two-times Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2020 and 2012, beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-1 in her opening match of the tournament and hurt her ankle shortly afterwards.

"It is with great disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros," the 31-year-old Kvitova said on Twitter on Tuesday. "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. It's incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the grasscourt season."

Kvitova was due to take on unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in the second round.

Source: Reuters/lk

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