St. Petersburg: Illness forces Petra Kvitova's withdrawal; Sakkari packs off Bencic


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St. Petersburg: Illness forces Petra Kvitova's withdrawal; Sakkari packs off Bencic

Third seed Petra Kvitova pulled out of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Friday, ahead of her quarter-final clash with an illness. Ekaterina Alexandrova, Kvitova’s quarter-final opponent received a walkover into the semi-finals.

In a statement, the world no. 11 said, “I'm really sorry to withdraw from the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy due to illness”. Continuing, her statement mentioned, “I wasn't feeling well during my match [on Thursday] 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”. Kvitova had made it to the quarter-finals after a wonky three-set win over Alison Van Uytvanck.

Had she played – and won – her match against Alexandrova, she would have broken into the top-10 of the women’s singles ranking again, on Monday, 17th February. Alexandrova second seed Kiki Bertens in the semi-final.

Bertens defeated qualifier Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 7-6(3) in their quarter-final. In the other results of the day, top-seed Belinda Bencic crashed out at the hands of sixth seed Maria Sakkari in their quarter-final. The Greek dropped the opening set but recovered to win the match in two hours and eight minutes 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Sakkari will play eighth seed Elena Rybakina. Rybakina needed three sets to defeat France’s qualifier Oceane Dodin. Rybakina lost the opener in a tie-break but came through after two hours and 27 minutes of play – 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2. Photo Credit: St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Website