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Petra Kvitova withdraws from Wimbledon warm-up in Eastbourne

The announcement came 24 hours after the two-time Wimbledon champion made a triumphant comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.

tennis Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:07 IST
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates victory against Great Britain's Naomi Broady in Birmingham.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates victory against Great Britain's Naomi Broady in Birmingham.(REUTERS)

Petra Kvitova has pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up at Eastbourne this week with an abdominal injury.

News of the 27-year-old Czech’s absence on Monday came 24 hours after the two-time Wimbledon champion made a triumphant comeback from a knife attack by lifting the Birmingham title.

“Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from Eastbourne with an abdominal injury,” the WTA announced on their official twitter page.

Kvitova beat Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the grass-court event in Birmingham.

In December she suffered severe injuries to her left playing hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home.

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“It’s the abdominal muscle. It got tight in yesterday’s final,” Kvitova explained later.

“I hope it’s nothing serious, but I do feel one spot specifically.

“I will have treatment. I will not practise for a couple of days, for sure. I hope it will be fine in a couple of days, hopefully.

“I didn’t know how far I will go in Birmingham. Of course I’m happy how I played there, but it’s just getting tight and I can’t just continue to play.

“I need a bit of relax to heal all the pain in the body, especially in the abdominal muscle.”