2021 French Open champion Krejcikova says she has COVID-19
2021 French Open champion Krejcikova says she has COVID-19

2021 French Open champion Krejcikova says she has COVID-19

PARIS – Barbora Krejcikova, last year’s French Open champion in singles and doubles, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 and will retire from the tournament.

She already lost in the first round of singles, but said on Wednesday in a post on Instagram that now she will have to drop trying to defend the doubles title she won in 2021 with Katerina Siniakova.

“Last night I started to feel bad and this morning I woke up with a fever. I decided to be tested for Covid, and it came back positive, “wrote Krejcikova. “I’m extremely sorry I will not be able to defend my title in doubles here, but on the positive side I’m glad I’m injury free and can not wait to get healthy and back to training. “

The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic is the second player to announce that she has been tested positive for the disease caused by coronavirus since this year’s second Grand Slam tournament began on Sunday.

Another Czech player, Marie Bouzkova, withdrew from the clay court event before her second round of singles matches.

After two years of pandemic-related restrictions at the French Open, including COVID-19 testing for players and restrictions on the number of spectators allowed, there has been a return to normalcy around the tournament with full capacity for matches and no mask requirements.

Krejcikova was seed No. 2 in singles at Roland Garros, but in her first match since February due to an injured right elbow, she lost Monday 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Diane Parry, a 19-year-old from kl. . France, ranked 97th.

A year ago in Paris, Krejcikova was unseeded in singles, but ended up with the championship and defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

She then teamed up with Siniakova to also add the double trophy and became the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles at the French Open the same year.

Bouzkova was to face No. 31 seed Elise Mertens, who advanced to the third round.

Bouzkova wrote on Twitter that she hopes she “starts to get better soon and get back on track.”

Bouzkova is a 23-year-old who has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam tournament in 13 appearances, including 10 losses in the first round.

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