Former Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova has pulled out from the French Open after suffering a forearm muscle tear.
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The Czech had been due to play in the first round at Roland Garros on Monday morning against Romanian player Sorana Cirstea.
Kvitova expressed in a statement, “I’ve had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a grade-two tear.”
She announced this on Twitter, saying:
“I’m so disappointed to have to announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros. I’ve had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a grade two tear which unfortunately could get a lot worse if I play today.”
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.”
“Two years ago, I made my comeback at Roland Garros, so I’m truly sad not to be able to play here this year. It is a really tough decision to make, but I wish the tournament all the best for a successful event and can’t wait to be back in 2020.”
Kvitova has been replaced in the draw by Kaja Juvan of Slovenia.
By Olukayode Oniwinde