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Petra Kvitova withdraws from the French Open after injuring herself in post-match press duties


Kvitova has pulled out of the French Open (Picture: Getty)

Petra Kvitova has been forced to withdraw from the French Open after suffering a freak injury during her post-match press requirements.

Kvitova, the two-time Grand Slam champion from the Czech Republic, confirmed the news on social media on Tuesday following a fall on Sunday.

She had survived a match point in a tense first-round win over Belgium’s Greet Minnen but has now withdrawn from her round two tie with Russia’s Elena Vesnina.

‘It is with great disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,’ Kvitova said in a statement.

‘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.

Osaka withdrew from the event (Picture: Corbis via Getty)

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

The news is scarcely believable given the backdrop of this tournament.

Press conferences have come under scrutiny after Naomi Osaka withdrew from the event following a row over her media blackout.

The bottom of half of the draw is now really opening up. Only four top-16 seeds are left in the second round.

Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka. Aryna Sabalenka and Belinda Bencic are the last women top-16 seeds standing, following early exits for Kiki Bertens and Bianca Andreescu to accompany Osaka and Kvitova’s withdrawals.

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