Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns the ball to Belgium’s Greet Minnen during their women’s singles first round tennis match on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris May 30, 2021. — AFP pic
Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova returns the ball to Belgium’s Greet Minnen during their women’s singles first round tennis match on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris May 30, 2021. — AFP pic

PARIS, June 1 — Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open after injuring her ankle in a freak fall while performing her post-match media duties on Sunday, the 11th seeded Czech player said in a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 today. “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. — Reuters



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