With Wimbledon on horizon, two-time champ Petra Kvitova withdraws at Eastbourne

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Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (Getty Images)

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the Nature Valley International as a precaution because of a hamstring injury just five days before the grass-court Grand Slam event is scheduled to get started.

The in-form world No. 8 was installed as favorite to be crowned Wimbledon champion for a third time after winning her fifth title of the season at the Birmingham Classic last weekend.

Kvitova was confirmed as the eighth seed at the All England Club on Wednesday before announcing that she will play no further part this week at Devonshire Park.

“I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw from Eastbourne this morning,” the Czech said in a statement on Twitter. “I felt my hamstring in the Birmingham final and although I played with tape in my match here yesterday, when I woke up this morning it felt worse.

“With Wimbledon around the corner I couldn’t take the risk of making it worse by playing today.

“I am so sorry to the fans here in Eastbourne who won’t get to see me play but I hope to be back at this beautiful event next year.”

Kvitova was due to face Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round after defeating Kateryna Bonderenko in straight sets.