Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open due to a freak injury sustained at her most-match press conference.
Kvitova won her first round match against Greet Minnen 6-7, 7-6 ,6-1 on Sunday and afterwards attended the usual post-match conference to discuss her result.
However, the Czech player, a two-time Wimbledon winner, announced on Tuesday that she fell and hurt her ankle while fulfilling her press commitments and has subsequently had to withdraw.
“It is with great disappointment I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros” Kvitova tweeted.
“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,” she continued.
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) June 1, 2021
Kvitova has reached the Roland Garros semi-final twice in her career and would have been hoping to go one step further this year, but is hoping she can still recover in time for Wimbledon.
“It’s incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the grass-court season,” the tweet concluded.
Kvitova’s second round opponent Elena Vesnina will now receive a bye to the last 32.
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