Tennis world shattered over shock twist

Barbora Krejcikova, pictured here in tears after a shock first-round loss at the French Open.

Barbora Krejcikova was in tears after a shock first-round loss at the French Open. Image: Getty

Things have gone from bad to worse for Barbora Krejcikova at the French Open.

The World No.2 in singles was forced to withdraw from the doubles at Roland Garros on Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19.

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After a shock first-round loss in the singles on Mondayshe is now unable to defend the doubles title she won last year with Katerina Siniakova.

“Last night I started to feel bad and this morning I woke up with fever,” the Czech star wrote on social media.

“I decided to get tested for Covid and it came back positive.

“I am extremely sad that I will not be able to defend my title in doubles here, but on the positive side, I am glad I am injury free and can not wait to get healthy and back to training.”

The 26-year-old is the second player to test positive for Covid since this year’s second grand slam tournament began on Sunday.

Fellow Czech player Marie Bouzkova also withdrew from the clay-court event before her second-round singles match.

Bouzkova was supposed to face 31st seed Elise Mertens, who automatically advanced to the third round.

Bouzkova wrote on Twitter that she hopes she “will start to feel better soon and get back on court.”

The 23-year-old has never made it past the second round of a grand slam tournament in 13 appearances, including 10 losses in the first round.

Marie Bouzkova, pictured here in action during the first round at the French Open.

Marie Bouzkova in action during the first round at the French Open. (Photo by Robert Prange / Getty Images)

Barbora Krejcikova’s devastating new blow

Crejcikova made tennis history in 2021 when she won both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros.

But the devastating Covid blow comes two days after the defending champion made a shock-first round exit from the singles.

Krejcikova became just the third defending champion to be knocked out in the opening round at Roland Garros, losing to 97th-ranked Frenchwoman Diane Parry.

It was her first match in three months due to an elbow injury.

Speaking in her post-match press conference, Krejcikova broke down in tears as she admitted she “hit a wall”.

“I just collapsed physically,” she said.

Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova, pictured here with the French Open doubles title in 2021.

Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova with the French Open doubles title in 2021. (Photo by Tim Clayton / Corbis via Getty Images)

“It was tough because I did not play the matches. Matches are different to practices. I tried to prepare the best way I could.

“It was difficult. I mean, I expected it’s going to be difficult, and it was.

“I think overall, tennis-wise, it was not that bad. I think physically, it was a little worse. ”

The only other women to lose in the first round after winning the French Open title the year before are Anastasia Myskina in 2005 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2018.

Since the Open era began in 1968, Krejcikova is just the seventh reigning women’s champion to be knocked out in the first round at any grand slam.

The World No.2 lost 6-1 2-6 3-6 on Monday to Diane Parry, a 19-year-old from France who is ranked 97th.

A year ago in Paris, Krejcikova was unseeded in singles but wound up with the championship, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final.

She then teamed up with Siniakova to win the doubles trophy, becoming the first woman since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win both the singles and doubles titles at the French Open in the same year.

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