French Open 2021: Petra Kvitova withdraws after freak ankle injury


Two-time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open because of a freak ankle injury sustained during her post-match media duties.


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.


"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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