Tennis - Kvitova withdraws from Eastbourne

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova serves the ball to US Bethanie Mattek-Sands during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 31, 2017 in Paris. (AFP Photo/GABRIEL BOUYS )

- Petra Kvitova has pulled out of the Wimbledon warm-up at Eastbourne this week with an abdominal injury, the WTA announced. News of the 27-year-old left-handed Czech's absence 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 "Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from Eastbourne with an abdominal injury," the WTA announced on their official twitter page.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 hand while fighting off a knife-wielding burglar at her home.

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