Kvitova pulls out of French Open with freak injury sustained during media dutieson June 1, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova withdraws from the French Open after suffering a freak ankle injury.

Petra Kvitova.

The Czech said she fell after Sunday’s first-round win over Greet Minnen.

Her second-round opponent Elena Vesnina will receive a bye to the last 32.

“After an MRI and much discussion with my team, I have made the tough decision that it would be unwise to play on it,” Kvitova, 31, said in a statement.external-link

“It’s incredibly bad luck but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for the grass-court season.”

The world number 12 won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014 but has reached just one Grand Slam final since, finishing runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the 2019 Australian Open.

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