It was unfortunately one step too far for the two-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, as she battled injury and illness before going down to Madison Brengle of the USA, 6-3 1-6 6-2 during their second round match on Court No. 2 today.
Kvitova, who despite having missed the first five months of the tour this year, was considered one of the favourites to take the title, especially after winning the Birmingham Classic title in June.
The first set belonged to Brengle, but Kvitova fought back in the second set to force the decider. The two played cat and mouse with each other’s serve, but as the match progressed, it was clear that Kvitova was battling. She looked as though she had just run a marathon whereas her American opponent had hardly broken out into a sweat.
After the penultimate game of the match, both the physio and doctor came out to assess Kvitova’s condition. The initial concern was for her hand, but then a vital signs check was an indication that she was not in good spirits.
Kvitova opted to continue and Brengle then served out the match to book a third round clash against Caroline Garcia of France, who defeated Ana Bogdan of Romania, 6-4 6-3.