‘I felt pain almost everywhere,’ says Petra Kvitova following retirement in Dubai opener

Petra Kvitova has revealed that she was feeling pain ‘almost everywhere’ in her body as she retired from her opening match at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The champion last week in Qatar, fourth seed Kvitova retired at 6-2, 3-4 down against Swiss player Jill Teichmann.

“Unfortunately since my semi-final in Doha I felt my adductor. It didn’t get any better and in the second set it got a little bit worse,” the 31-year-old said.

“I felt pain almost everywhere on that right leg so unfortunately I couldn’t move how I wanted and I didn’t want it to get even worse. That’s why I retired. I put everything into it,” she followed. 

Kvitova’s impressive run in Qatar included wins over Anastasia Pavulychenkova, Anett Kontaveit and Jessica Pegula, before beating an in-form Garbine Muguruza in the final.

Last week’s win ended a near two-year title drought for the Czech lefty, after the partial 2020 season became her first since 2008 where she didn’t win a WTA title. 

“But overall I’m very happy with my title in Doha… I’m disappointed how it ended today. I’ll try my best to get ready for Miami.”

With confirmation of her plan to return in Miami, it was also announced today that Kvitova will be back in Stuttgart next month to defend her title from two years ago.

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