June 27, 2018 / 10:44 AM / a year ago

Kvitova withdraws from Eastbourne with injury

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier - Nature Valley Classic - Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham, Britain - June 17, 2018 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning the final against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes/File Photo

EASTBOURNE, England (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the Eastbourne grasscourt championships with a hamstring injury, organisers said on Wednesday.

The third seed was due to play to play a third-round match against Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska.

“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from Eastbourne this morning,” the Czech player said.

“I felt my hamstring in the Birmingham final and although I played with tape in my match here yesterday, when I woke up this morning it felt worse.

“With Wimbledon around the corner I couldn’t take the risk of making it worse by playing today.”

Kvitova won the Wimbledon title in 2011 and 2014.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Keith Weir

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