Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova was forced to pull out of the Brisbane International due to a viral illness on Monday.
The 27-year-old was unable to play her first round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia and has been replaced in the draw by Britain’s Heather Watson.
The bad news is I started my year in bed with a virus and was unable to play today in Brisbane, the good news is that I am here in Australia and hopefully will be ready to play in Sydney next week. Happy New Year everyone – I can't wait to see what 2018 brings for us all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bUJXGpHniH
— Petra Kvitova (@Petra_Kvitova) January 1, 2018
In an interview carried by the WTA website, the two-time Wimbledon champion said she was disappointed at not being able to play in Brisbane ahead of the upcoming Australian Open.
“I’m really disappointed to withdraw from the Brisbane International,” Kvitova told the WTA website.
“Unfortunately I picked up a virus on the flight to Australia and I haven’t been able to get healthy in time to play here.
“It’s always a fantastic and competitive place to start the year so I’m sorry not to be in the draw.”
Former world number two, Kvitova, is a previous winner of the Brisbane event having defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the 2011 final.