Kvitova out of Brisbane International due to virus

Struggling with a virus, Petra Kvitova withdrew from the Brisbane International, a tournament she won in 2011.

2011 champion Petra Kvitova will miss this edition of the Brisbane International after she contracted a virus.   -  Getty Images

Czech star and former champion Petra Kvitova withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a virus. Kvitova, 27, was set to face Anett Kontaveit in the first round of the WTA Premier event before announcing her withdrawal on Monday.

The 2011 champion and two-time Wimbledon winner revealed she was battling a virus. "I'm really disappointed," Kvitova said, via the Brisbane International. "Unfortunately I picked up a virus on the flight to Australia and I haven't been able to get healthy in time.

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"It's always a fantastic and competitive place to start the year so I'm sorry not to be in the draw."

Heather Watson took Kvitova's place in the draw.