Petra Kvitova pulls out of French Open due to injury

Petra Kvitova in action

Two-time Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the 2019 French Open due to a forearm injury.

The Czech was due to take on Sorana Cirstea in the first-round at Roland Garros on Monday, but she announced hours before the match that she was unable to play.

“I’m so disappointed to have to announce my withdrawal from Roland Garros,” the sixth seed wrote in a post on Twitter.

“I’ve had pain in my left forearm for a few weeks and last night an MRI confirmed a grade two tear which could 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 be able to play here 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 in 2020.”

Lucky loser Kaja Juvan from Slovenia will replace Kvitova in the draw.

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