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WTA Kvitova Withdraws From French Open

The Czech sixth seed was tipped as one of the favourites to win the title at Roland Garros.



Petra Kvitova at the 2019 Australian Open (@Sport Vision - Chryslène Caillaud)

Two-time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova has pulled out of the French Open after an MRI scan revealed she has a tear in her left forearm.


The 29-year-old was due to play Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in her first round match on Monday. A player who she leads 5-2 in their head-to-head. However, the Czech has withdrawn from the tournament following medical advice. Kvitova has been diagnosed with a ‘grade 2’ tear in her left forearm. An issue which has been troubling her in recent weeks.

“I’m so disappointed to announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros.” Kvitova said 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, which unfortunately could get a lot worse if I play today.
“Two years ago, I made my comeback here at Roland Garros, so I’m truly sad not to play here again 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 next year.“

Since making her comeback from a knife attack in 2017, Kvitova has won more titles on the WTA Tour than any other player. Including two this season in Sydney and Stuttgart. However, she is yet to win a grand slam trophy since her triumph at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Earlier this year, she finished runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

Kvitova’s withdrawal has increased Osaka’s chances of finishing the French Open as world No.1. At the start of the tournament there was five players in contention of the milestone. However, Angelique Kerber’s bid is over following her first round loss and Kvitova is now removed from the equation. Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens are still in the running.

It is the first time in a decade that Kvitova has missed Roland Garros and only the second in her entire career. She missed the 2009 event due to an ankle injury. Replacing her in the draw will be lucky loser Kaja Juvan from Slovenia. Juvan is a former world No.5 junior player and will be making her debut in the main draw of a grand slam.

Wimbledon hopes

It is unclear as to when the world No.6 will return to the tour, but she is hopeful to be fit in time for Wimbledon. Kvitova was warned by doctors that if she played at the French Open, it could have resulted in her spending up to six weeks away from the tour.

 “Well, they said for now two to three weeks off, which means no tennis, of course, because it’s my left forearm.” Said the left-handed player.
“I’m gonna do some fitness and everything what I can do and to kind of prepare my body for the tennis on the grass then. Of course that I’m staying positive for the grass season.”

Due to the recent diagnoses, it remains to be seen if Kvitova’s future scheduling will changed. She will now return home and plan her next steps.

“I’m not pretty sure what I gonna do now. I need to go back to Prague to see the doctors and kind of plan some recovery plan and then we will see what I am going to do.” She concluded.


Rebecca Peterson clinches her maiden WTA title



Twenty-four year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson lifted the first title of her career at the Jangxi Open in Nanchang after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-2 6-0.


The world number 78 Petterson, who had reached only a quarter final so far this season, has become the 14th first-time winner on the WTA Tour so far in 2019.

Peterson reeled off nine consecutive games from 3-2 in the first set to clinch the win, breaking serve four times.

Peterson dropped only nine points in her service games and did not face any break points. The Swede earned her first break in the first game after a double fault from Rybakina. Peterson consolidated the break by holding serve at love and opened up a 4-2 lead, when Rybakina sent a forehand long.

Peterson broke serve in the seventh game to race out to a 5-2 lead, as Rybakina made a backhand error. Peterson sealed the first set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth game.

Peterson earned an early break, after Rybakina sent a forehand long, and went up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina did not win a single game point and sent Petersen to deuce in the fifth game of the second set, but she dropped serve. Petersen wrapped up the match with a bagel thanks to a service winner on her first championship point.

Rybakina, who scored two three-set wins against Viktoria Golubic in the quarter final and Peng Shuai in the semifinal, hit 3 winners to 11 unforced errors. She had won her maiden title in Bucharest last July.



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Karolina Pliskova lifts her fourth title of the season in Zhengzhou



Number 1 seed Karolina Pliskova cruised past number 7 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 36 minutes in the final of the Zhengzhou Open, an inaugural WTA Premier tournament. The final was postponed by six hours after torrential rain.


Pliskova came back from 0-2 in the first set by winning 12 of the next 15 games to win her fourth title this season after Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne. The Czech player is the fifth top seed to win a tournament this season after Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen, Alison Van Uytvanck in Budapest, Caroline Garcia in Nottingham and Anastasjia Sevastova in Jurmala.

Pliskova took a re-match against Martic, who beat the Czech player in four of their previous five head-to-head matches and won their third round clash at Roland Garros.

Pliskova saved two of her three break points and converted four of her eight break points.

Martic earned an early break with a forehand return winner to open up a 2-0 lead in the first set. As the match resumed after a rain delay Martic did not convert a double break point. Pliskova broke back in the fourth game with a forehand winner to draw level to 2-2.

Pliskova saved a break point chance in the seventh game with a forehand down the line. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game, when Martic made a forehand error and sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner.

Pliskova dropped only six points on her first serve in the second set and broke serve in the third game when Martic sent a backhand slice wide. The former world number 1 player held her serve with an ace before breaking for the second time in the fifth game. She hit four winners to seal the win, as she was serving for the match at 5-2.

“I think I played good matches. Of course, not all the matches were perfect, the week never can be really perfect because it’s so many days and so many things can be just different every day. I beat tough players, which I maybe lost to a couple of times before. I think that was the biggest plus of this week, especially with Petra. These wins are always important. It doesn’t matter where you play, which tournament you play, but it’s always important. To get the trophy is always special. It does not matter really which tournament or how big the tournament is, it’s always good”, said Pliskova.  

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Nao Hibino beats Misaki Doi in all-Japanese final in Hiroshima



World Number 146 Nao Hibino beat Misaki Doi 6-3 6-2 in the all-Japanese final of Haa-Cupid Japan Open in Hiroshima.


Doi broke serve at 15 in the second game with a deep return, but she dropped her serve at love in the third game. Dou earned another break with a forehand to open up a 3-1 lead. Hibino pulled the break back in the fifth game, when Doi sent her backhand long.

Hibino reeled off nine consecutive games from 1-3 down to build up a 6-3 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks in the seventh and ninth games of the first set and two more breaks in the first and third games of the second set. Doi dropped her serve in six consecutive service games and hit 8 winners to 14 unforced errors. Doi pulled back one break in the fifth game. Hibino broke for the third time at deuce to win the second set 6-2.

Hibino claimed both the singles and the doubles titles at the same tournament for the first time in her career. She teamed up with Doi to clinch the doubles title with a 6-3 4-6 10-4 win over Christina McHale and Valeria Savinykh.

“I was so nervous today, so much more than the semifinals, but because I experienced being nervous in the semifinals, I knew what to expect. I was able to stay positive during the match today”, said Hibino.

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