Petra Kvitova withdraws as Karolina Pliskova takes wildcard for Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham | Tennis News |

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Petra Kvitova withdraws as Karolina Pliskova takes wildcard for Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham | Tennis News |

Petra Kvitova withdraws as Karolina Pliskova takes wildcard for Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham | Tennis News |

Petra Kvitova won’t be there to defend her title for a third time in Birmingham

Two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from next week’s Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham, while Karolina Pliskova has accepted a wildcard into the LTA grass-court event.

Kvitova is still recovering from a left forearm injury that forced her to pull out ahead of the French Open.

She lifted the trophy in 2017 in just her second tournament back following the horrific knife attack that nearly ended her career and defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 12 months ago to retain the title.

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