Sixth seed Kvitova withdraws from French Open

Petra Kvitova has won two WTA titles this year

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open with an arm injury but hopes to be fit for the All England Club.

The Czech sixth seed, 29, was due to face Romanian world number 84 Sorana Cirstea in the first round on Monday.

“I’ve had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a grade-two tear,” she said.

She hopes to play at Wimbledon, which starts on 1 July, and is due to feature in June’s Birmingham grass-court event.

“They [doctors] said for now two to three weeks off, which means no tennis of course, because it’s my left forearm,” she added.

“I’m going to do some fitness and everything I can do to prepare my body for grass.

“Of course I’m staying positive for the grass season.”

Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, has been replaced in the Roland Garros draw by lucky loser Kaja Juvan of Slovenia.

“I’m truly sad not to be able to play here this year,” the world number six said. “It is a really tough decision to make.”

Kvitova retired with a calf injury from this month’s Italian Open in the third set against Greek Maria Sakkari.

But she was nevertheless among the favourites for the title at Roland Garros as one of this year’s in-form players.

She has won two WTA titles in 2019 – at Stuttgart and Sydney – and was also runner-up at January’s Australian Open and the Dubai Championships in February.


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