Petra Kvitova won the Madrid Open and cracked the Top 10, but in the lead-up for the French Open she chose a $100000 ITF Challenger in Prague instead of the Premier-level event in Rome. Kvitova reached the final of the tournament in her home Czech Republic and lost it to Slovakian world No.61 Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-4, but the really bad thing is that she sustained a hip injury during the week.
I still don’t know how serious it is, but she looked all happy at the trophy ceremony and the WTA’s official website doesn’t even mention the injury. However, Kvitova was supposed to play the Brussels Ladies Open and is not in the draw any more.
A very nice thing about Kvitova’s participation at the ITF event in Prague is that she chose to play there out of loyalty for the people who had supported her since the juniors.
Talking about injuries and troubles lurking the 2011 French Open, Serena Williams’ withdrawal was soon followed by her sister Venus’. Kim Clijsters is still marked as doubtful for the French Open, although I believe she will play. If she happens to skip it, she will start preparing for grass court season and play at the Unicef Open in the Netherlands. (source: Women Who Serve, photo: sr_cranks)