Petra Kvitova withdraws from the French Open; injured ankle within the occasion of a fall whereas media availability
Petra Kvitova, two-time major champion and number 11 of the tournament, has withdrawn from the French Open due to an ankle injury.
In a statement posted on social media, Kvitova said she sustained the injury during her media engagements on Sunday following her first-round win over Greet Minnen.
“It is with great disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” said Kvitova. “During my press work after the game on Sunday I fell and injured my ankle. Unfortunately, after an MRI and many discussions with my team, I made the difficult decision that it would be unwise to continue playing. It’s unbelievable bad luck, but” I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the lawn season. “
– Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) June 1, 2021
31-year-old Kvitova is the second seeded player to retire from the tournament since the beginning of Sunday. Number two Naomi Osaka announced she was leaving on Monday after controversy over media commitments.
Kvitova saved the match point in her opener at Roland Garros to defeat Minnen, a qualification, with 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-1. She should face Elena Vesnina in the second round on Wednesday. Kvitova reached the semifinals at the 2020 event.
Wimbledon, the next major, is slated to begin on June 28th. Kvitova won the All England Club twice in 2011 and 2014.