Wimbledon Champion Kvitova Out of Warm-Up Event With Illness

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning a point against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky during the women's fourth round match of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 1, 2015.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning a point against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky during the women's fourth round match of the Roland Garros 2015 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 1, 2015.

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  • Second-ranked Czech player pulls out with sore throat
  • Wimbledon starts June 29 at All England Club in London

A week before defending her Wimbledon title, Petra Kvitova withdrew from a warm-up event in Eastbourne because of illness.

The second-ranked Czech has been struggling with a sore throat since Thursday, she told reporters Monday at the event held on England’s south coast.

“I didn’t need antibiotics so that’s a good sign,” Kvitova said. “But I have to be in the bed and drink hot tea, just lying and resting.”

The withdrawal means Kvitova won’t have played any competitive matches on grass before Wimbledon. The two-time champion played on synthetic grass in the Czech Republic last week and practiced for three days on the grass of Eastbourne.

The Wimbledon Championships start June 29 in southwest London.

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