Petra Kvitová suffers ankle injury during media requirements, withdraws from French Open

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Petra Kvitová has withdrawn from the French Open due to an ankle injury she says she suffered Sunday during her post-match press requirements.

The 12th-ranked women's player in the world, seeded No. 11 in Paris, had rallied to beat Belgium's Greet Minnen in the first round 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 when "I fell and hurt my ankle," she wrote in a statement posted on social media.

"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," Kvitová wrote. "It's incredibly bad luck, but I will stay strong and do my best to recover in time for grass-court season."

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Kvitová, a two-time Wimbledon champion (2011, 2014), was scheduled to play Elena Vesnina in the second round; Vesnina will now advance. Kvitová made the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2020 and won bronze representing the Czech Republic during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Petra Kvitova (CZE) in action during her match against Greet Minnen (BEL) at Roland Garros Stadium.
Petra Kvitova (CZE) in action during her match against Greet Minnen (BEL) at Roland Garros Stadium.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Petra Kvitova withdraws from 2021 French Open with ankle injury