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Ankle injury at press conference ends Petra Kvitova’s French Open

Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open after injuring her ankle in a freak fall whereas performing her post-match media duties on Sunday, the 11th seeded Czech participant mentioned in an announcement.

Two-times Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2020 and 2012, beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 6-1 in her opening match of the event and harm her ankle shortly afterwards.

Kvitova is the second high-profile participant to drag out of Roland Garros, and her withdrawal follows the exit of second seed Naomi Osaka, who withdrew on Monday citing psychological well being points, having earlier mentioned she would boycott her media duties.

“It’s with nice disappointment that I announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” the 31-year-old Kvitova mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday. “Throughout my post-match press necessities on Sunday I fell and harm my ankle.

“Sadly after an MRI and far dialogue with my staff, I’ve made the powerful determination that it might be unwise to play on it. It’s extremely dangerous luck, however I’ll keep sturdy and do my greatest to get well in time for the grasscourt season.”

Kvitova was resulting from tackle unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina within the second spherical.

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