Danka Kovinic and Wang Xinyu have both withdrawn from Wimbledon but their withdrawals are reportedly not COVID related. On Tuesday, Kovinic was scheduled to meet Great Britain's Sonay Kartal in the Wimbledon first round. Just before the start of the match, Kovinic pulled out of the tournament.
Per Sport Klub, Kovinic pulled out of the tournament because of a strong pain in her lower back. Kovinic was replaced by Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove, who defeated Kartal in three sets to progress into the Wimbledon second round.
Pattinama Kerkhove, who was previously beaten in the qualifying final round, took the opportunity given and defeated Kartal to reach the Wimbledon second round for the second time. On the other side, Wang was scheduled to face American tennis star Amanda Anisimova.
According to Tennis Now, Wang pulled out because of a leg injury. Wang was replaced by Yue Yuan, who suffered a straight-set defeat to Anisimova.
The Kovinic, Wang withdrawals not COVID related
In the afternoon, 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini announced he tested positive for COVID and that he was out of Wimbledon.
Shortly after, Kovinic and Wang pulled out of the the tournament. Some started fearing there was an outbreak at The All England Club and that Kovinic and Wang also tested positive for the virus. In his announcement, Berrettini said he was heartbroken by how his Wimbledon campaign ended.
"I am heartbroken to announce that I need to withdraw from @wimbledon due to a positive COVID-19 test result. I have had flu symptoms and been isolating the last few days. Despite symptoms not being severe, I decided it was important to take another test this morning to protect the health and safety of my fellow competitors and everyone else involved in the tournament.
I have no words to describe the extreme disappointment I feel. The dream is over for this year, but I will be back stronger. Thank you for the support," Berrettini wrote on Instagram.
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