World No 11 Petra Kvitova withdraws from St Petersburg Open quarter-finals

Petra Kvitova reached the quarter-finals after she beat Alison Van Uytvanck  7-6 (1), 1-6, 6-2 (PA Images)
Petra Kvitova reached the quarter-finals after she beat Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (1), 1-6, 6-2 (PA Images)
14:58pm, Fri 14 Feb 2020
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World No 11 Petra Kvitova has been forced to withdraw from the St Petersburg Open quarter-finals due to illness.

The No 3 seed was set to face Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova today. 

The 29 year-old said: "I'm really sorry to withdraw from the St Petersburg Ladies' Trophy due to illness.

"I wasn't feeling well during my match yesterday and hoped I would feel better today, but unfortunately, that's not the case. I'm sorry not to play in front of the fans here in this beautiful city. I wish the tournament a great finish and hope to be back again next year."

The Shenzhen Open champion, Alexandrova, advances into the semi-final where she will face No 2 seed Kiki Bertens or qualifier Anastasia Potapova. 

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