Wimbledon champion Vondrousova suffers injury scare

wimbledon champion vondrousova suffers injury scare

Vondrousova was on a eight-match winning streak on grass

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova has suffered an injury scare less than a fortnight before her title defence is due to start.

The Czech slipped and fell when leading 5-3 in the first set of her second-round match against Anna Kalinskaya at the Berlin Open.

Vondrousova clutched her right hip and called for a medical time-out before retiring two games later, with the score at 5-5.

Wimbledon takes place from 1-14 July, with Vondrousova set to start her title defence on the second day

The 24-year-old became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon women's singles title when she beat Ons Jabeur in the final.

Russia's Kalinskaya will face either world number three Aryna Sabalenka or compatriot Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere on Thursday, third seed Elena Rybakina reached the quarter-finals with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Veronika Kudermetova.

Kazakhstan's Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion, will play former world number one Victoria Azarenka next.

Eight of the world's top 10 are competing in Berlin, with only top-ranked Iga Swiatek and world number seven Jasmine Paolini absent.

Muchova to return at Eastbourne

wimbledon champion vondrousova suffers injury scare

Muchova was ranked eighth in the world at the time of her injury

Former French Open finalist Karolina Muchova is set to return to action at next week's Eastbourne International after 10 months out with a wrist injury.

Muchova had surgery in February after sustaining the injury during the US Open semi-finals in September.

The 27-year-old Czech, who is now 34th in the world rankings, says she wants to build match fitness in preparation for Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.

"At the end of this week, I'll fly to Eastbourne with the team where we'll finally try to play some matches in preparation ahead of Wimbledon," Muchova told Canal+ Sport CZ.

"After Wimbledon I'll return back to the clay, maybe play a tournament, or straight to the Olympics."

Tennis at the Olympics starts on the clay courts of Roland Garros on 27 July.

Muchova is expected to play singles and partner Vondrousova in the women's doubles at her first Olympics.

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