Jil Teichmann copped a break as Petra Kvitova had to quit with an adductor injury to send the Swiss into the third round 6-2, 3-4 at the WTA event in Dubai on Tuesday.
Double Wimbledon champion Kvitova was fresh from the Doha title at the weekend but could not go on as her physical problem flared.
“Since my semi-final in Doha, I felt my adductor,” the Czech fourth seed said. “It didn’t get any better in the second set.
“it just got a little bit worse and I felt pain almost everywhere on the right leg.
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t really move how I wanted, and I didn’t want to get it even worse. So that’s why I retired.”
The 54th-ranked Teichmann now owns a second career win over a Top 10 opponent.
Current and former Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza will meet in the third round after both posted solid victories.
Poland’s Swiatek beat Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4; Muguruza defeated American Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-2.
“Even though I was leading the whole match, I knew that I’d have to just work really hard, first matches are always tricky,” eighth seed Swiatek said after winning in an hour and a quarter.
Swiatek was playing for the first time since winning the title in Adelaide, wrapup week for the delayed Aussie tennis summer.
Ninth seed Muguruza will go into her first match against Swiatek three days after playing the Doha final against Kvitova.
The former No. 1 sprinted to victory over her 19-year-old opponent with wins in five of the last six games
“She won the French Open, and had a big breakthrough,” the Spaniard said. “It’s never easy to go out there and win a Grand Slam, so tomorrow I’m going out there and playing a very good player, and looking forward to that.”
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