Injured Muguruza withdraws from Sydney tournament

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

Garbine Muguruza's preparations for next week's Australian Open were thrown into disarray when the world number three pulled out of the Sydney International with a thigh injury on Wednesday.

Her exit means Daria Gavrilova advances straight to the semi-finals by walkover after the Australian defeated compatriot Samantha Stosur in straight sets on Wednesday night.

"It was close. But I'm happy to play a match and to win, of course".

Bertens, who had won all three previous meetings against Muguruza in straight sets, recovered one of the breaks to halt her opponent's march but the twice grand slam victor regrouped to close out the opening set. Muguruza said. "I have felt pain in my right adductor since I started practicing here".

"I asked for a medical timeout to try and make it better".

The Spanish top seed Bertens claimed the first set before needing a tiebreaker to see off her opponent 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

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Muguruza entered the fourth day of the tournament as the only female seed left following the second-round exit of Venus Williams on Tuesday. But she returned to win six of the next eight games. Yesterday, I felt better and wanted to play. I felt it already in Brisbane in the training and the training matches that I have been doing, too. So I'm not surprised.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain (L) lies on the court in pain as she receives medical treatment before retiring from her second round match against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane on January 2, 2018.Muguruza suffered a fitness scare ahead of this month's Australian Open when she was forced to retire from the Brisbane International on January 2 with severe cramping.

I figured out that being a little bit more aggressive, shorter points, that might help me and might help me also for my game.

Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis.

Radwanska, 28, will play either two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi for a place in the semifinals. Radwanska, unseeded and out of the top 8 for the first time since 2010, followed her revenge over Johanna Konta, who had beaten her previous year, with a convincing performance that led to the 16th win here, more than any other player in the draw (Cibulkova owns 12-9 record). Obviously conditions are tough, sometimes it's 45 (Celsius; 113 Fahrenheit). "But I think we're all kind of used to that", she said. "It's the air that it suits me".

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