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Petra Kvitova pulls out of Eastbourne due to abdominal injury, ahead of Wimbledon 2017

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

File photo of Kvitova. Image courtesy: Twitter/@WTA

File photo of Petra Kvitova. Image courtesy: Twitter/@WTA

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"Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from Eastbourne with an abdominal injury," the WTA announced on their official twitter page.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

"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."

Published Date: Jun 26, 2017 22:24 PM | Updated Date: Jun 26, 2017 22:25 PM

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