Paris - Second seed Petra Kvitova pulled out of the Paris WTA Open on
Thursday citing respiratory problems, with organisers giving her place to a
Kvitova of the Czech Republic withdrew ahead of her second round date with
France's Alize Cornet.
Cornet went on to defeat Kvitova's compatriot, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova,
74th in the WTA rankings, 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3.
"I was absolutely intent on playing today but I had to see my doctor as
I wasn't feeling well," Kvitova said.
"I've got a sore throat and after practising this morning I realised
that after 10 minutes I wasn't able to breathe so unfortunately I was forced to
Kvitova, ranked sixth in the world, won the Paris Open in 2011.
Cornet needed four match points to see off her Czech opponent who had
originally lost in qualifying.
She will next play Germany's world number 39, Andrea Petkovic who put out
France's 62nd-ranked Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 6-2.
Mladenovic had only returned to Paris on Monday after winning the Australian
Open mixed doubles title with Canada's Daniel Nestor.
After putting in a fine performance to knock out world number 10, Simona
Halep on Wednesday, she ran out of steam in the second round.
"After travelling for 30 hours, I came straight to training and my neck
problems returned on Thursday," she said.
"At the start of the match, I couldn't serve and the injury limited my
Meanwhile, Belgian eighth seed Kirsten Flipkens beat Austria's Yvonne
Meusburger, 6-1, 6-3 and will face top seed Maria Sharapova in Friday's
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina put out Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, 6-1, 6-2.
She will next face Italian third seed Sara Errani who saw off compatriot
Karin Knapp, 6-4, 6-3.
Friday's fourth quarter-final sees Germany's Angelique Kerber face Russia's
Results from the fourth day of the WTA Paris Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding):
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x8) bt Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 6-1, 6-3
Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 6-1, 6-2
Sara Errani (ITA x3) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-4, 6-3
Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-4, 6-2
Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3