Wimbledon champion Vondrousova suffers injury scare

Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova has suffered an injury scare ahead of the tournament when forced to retire in a warm-up event in Berlin.

The Czech, a surprise winner of her first grand slam title last summer, sustained a nasty fall behind the baseline during her second-round match against Anna Kalinskaya at the grass-court German Open on Thursday.

Vondrousova, who was leading 5-3 at the time, got up gingerly, holding her right hip area, and took an off-court medical timeout.

She returned with heavy strapping and played two more games but lost both before shaking hands with Kalinskaya and retiring.

As the defending champion, Vondrousova is due to play her first-round match at the All England Club on Centre Court on July 2.

The Czech's predecessor, Elena Rybakina, made it through to the quarter-finals with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Veronika Kudermetova, while top seed Coco Gauff saw off Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

Australian Open champ Aryna Sabalenka began her grass-court campaign by beating Daria Kasatkina 6-1 6-4 while Ons Jabeur came from a set down to defeat young Czech Linda Noskova and fourth seed Jessica Pegula beat Donna Vekic 6-4 7-5.

Meanwhile, the 2023 French Open finalist Karolina Muchova announced she will play at Eastbourne and Wimbledon after more than nine months out following wrist surgery.