“Couldn’t Really Move”: Petra Kvitova Announces Sad News Following Qatar Open 2021 Triumph

Published 03/10/2021, 3:46 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her second round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Veteran Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova has revealed that she has suffered an injury on her right leg which could rule her out of action for some time.

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An Egyption sports journalist quoted the current World Number 10 as saying that she did her abductor muscle during her recent championship run at WTA Doha.

Petra Kvitova pulled out midway through her WTA Dubai clash with Jil Teichmann on Tuesday

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Putting on a vintage show in the tournament, the 31-year-old Czech overwhelmed her opponents on the road to the final and trounced two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza to claim her first Tour title of the year.

However, she has now revealed that she felt something wrong with the abductor muscle in her leg after her semi-final win in Doha over American Jessica Pegula.

Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Germany’s Laura Siegemund REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Kvitova pulled out midway through her round-of-32 clash at WTA Dubai on Tuesday and later revealed the injury that forced the withdrawal.

Petra Kvitova said she hurt the abductor muscle on her right leg during her championship win in Qatar and it got worse

“Unfortunately, since my semi-final in Doha, I felt my abductor and it didn’t get any better,” the Czech said.

The 31-year-old dropped the opening set against Swiss Jil Teichmann and was leading 4-3 in the second when she withdrew.

She said the injury got “a little bit worse” in the second set, impacting her movement on court.

“I felt pain almost everywhere on that right leg, so unfortunately I couldn’t really move how I wanted…,” the Czech star said.

Petra Kvitova suffered a second-round exit at this year’s Australian Open

Kvitova routed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian and Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at Doha, setting up a last-four meeting with the rising American who made the quarter-finals of this year’s Australian Open.

However, the Czech, playing sublime tennis, made short work of Pegula and booked her final date with Muguruza with a 6-4, 6-4 win.

The Spaniard was simply no match for Kvitova in the championship clash, going down 2-6, 1-6.

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The tournament win, in a way, helped the Czech tide over a disappointing Australian Open campaign this year.

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Kvitova crashed out in the second round at Melbourne Park after losing a three-setter to Romanian Sorana Cirstea.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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