Injured Petra Kvitova limps out of Dubai tournament after recurrence of thigh problem

Petra Kvitova looking ahead

Just days after lifting the Qatar Open trophy, Petra Kvitova finds herself back on the sidelines with injury as the Czech was forced to withdraw from the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The fourth seed, who had a bye in the first round, took on Jil Teichmann of Switzerland in the second round in Dubai and was leading 6-2, 3-4 when she decided to retire with a thigh injury.

“Unfortunately since my semi-final in Doha I felt my adductor. It didn’t get any better and in the second set it got a little bit worse,” she said.

“I felt pain almost everywhere on that right leg so unfortunately I couldn’t move how I wanted and I didn’t want it to get even worse. That’s why I retired. I put everything into it.”

The two-time Grand Slam winner, who beat Garbine Muguruza in the Doha final on Saturday, hopes to be fit to compete in the WTA 1000 mandatory Miami Open, which starts on 22 March.

She added: “Overall I’m very happy with my title in Doha… I’m disappointed how it ended today. I’ll try my best to get ready for Miami.”

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