The Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from next week’s Birmingham Classic because of an arm injury that ruled her out of the French Open, but is still hopeful of playing at Wimbledon.
Kvitova said on Twitter on Wednesday that “unfortunately Birmingham is too soon, but I’m working really hard to get back as soon as possible,” adding that she is “keeping everything crossed for @Wimbledon.”
The fifth-ranked Kvitova won the Birmingham tournament the last two years and is hoping to compete for a third Wimbledon title when the grass-court Grand Slam starts next month.
The Birmingham Classic will still feature the three highest-ranked women as No. 1 Naomi Osaka, French Open champion Ashleigh Barty — who has risen to No. 2 — and third-ranked Karolina Pliskova are set to compete.
Raonic KO’s Tsonga in Germany
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Milos Raonic edged Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1) to reach the Stuttgart Open quarterfinals.
Raonic hit 24 aces to beat Tsonga in 2 hours 27 minutes.
Raonic, who lost last year’s final to Roger Federer and also needed a tiebreaker to get past Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin on Tuesday, hit 24 aces to beat Tsonga in 2 hours 27 minutes.
The sixth-seeded Canadian next faces Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who beat fourth-seeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 7-5.
Also Wednesday, Lucas Pouille upset third-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2, and Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.