French Open 2021 champion Krejčíková says she has COVID-19 | Sports news

HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer

PARIS (AP) – Barbora Krejčíková, last year’s French Open singles and doubles champion, said she had a positive test for COVID-19 and will resign from the tournament.

She has already lost in the first round of singles, but on Wednesday she stated in her contribution to Instagram that she will now have to stop defending her doubles title, which she won in 2021 with Kateřina Siniaková.

“I started to feel bad last night and I woke up this morning with a fever. I decided to get tested at Covid and it came out positive, “Krejčíková wrote. “I’m extremely sad not to be able to defend my doubles title here, but on the other hand I’m glad I’m uninjured and can’t wait to be healthy and go back to training.”

The 26-year-old Czech is the second player to announce that she has tested positive for coronavirus disease since the start of this year’s second grand slam tournament on Sunday.

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Another Czech player, Marie Bouzková, withdrew from the clay event before the match in the second round of singles.

After two years of restrictions related to the pandemic at the French Open, including testing players at COVID-19 and limits on the number of spectators allowed, the tournament has returned to normal, with full grandstand matches and no masks. a request.

Krejčíková was second in singles to Roland Garros, but in her first match since February for an injured right elbow, she lost on Monday 1: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3 to Diane Parry, 19, France, who is 97. place.

A year ago in Paris, Krejčíková was not involved in singles, but she ended up in the championship when she defeated Anastasia Pavluchenkova in the final.

She then teamed up with Siniak to add a doubles trophy, making her the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both singles and doubles at the French Open in the same year.

Bouzková was to meet 31-year-old Elise Mertens, who advanced to the 3rd round.

Bouzková wrote on Twitter that she hopes that “she will soon feel better and return to court.”

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

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