Defending WTA Championships title holder Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from Istanbul with a viral illness. She is replaced in the draw by first alternate Samantha Stosur.
“Yesterday when I played I thought that it’s nerves, but normally nerves are gone after first set,” Kvitova told media. “It was actually during all the match, so I thought that it’s something wrong. That’s why I have to pulled out.
“I mean, I never withdraw from a tournament. This first time for me, so I don’t really experience this kind of press conferences.
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t like to give up, so I’m feeling really disappointing. I hope that Sam (Stosur) will win some matches for me.”
Kvitova is scheduled to play for the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final against Serbia in Prague.
“I try my best to be ready for the Fed Cup, Kvitova said. “It’s final at home and I would like to ‑‑ I really want to play in front of our crowd, my family and friends, and try to win the Fed Cup title again.
“So I will try my best to be ready for the weekend.
Stosur on joining the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul field: “I came to Istanbul straight from Moscow where I played on Sunday, so I got here late, so obviously it is a little bit strange to come here straight after playing a tournament as an alternate and now get a chance to play in the Championships. Obviously, it’s never good when a player pulls out, but I will make the best of the opportunity and look forward to playing tomorrow. I am at Championships for the third time and really happy to be here in Istanbul.”
With Kvitova’s withdrawal, if Maria Sharapova wins her match on Wednesday, she will move on to the semifinals. Stosur still has a chance to advance to semifinals but would need to win both of her round robin matches, depending on other round-robin results.