Garbine Muguruza has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open ahead of her first-round clash with Sloane Stephens, having failed to recovered from a leg injury that forced her out of Charleston earlier this month.
The world No.13 Muguruza was really motivated to do well at her home tournament, so she arrived in Madrid a week earlier to acclimatize. However, discomfort has returned and an MRI scan confirmed that the leg injury hasn’t fully healed. Doctors advised the Spaniard not to compete in order not to aggravate her health.
The 27-year-old, who leads the WTA Tour in most match wins this season (21), is really disappointed that she won’t be able play in front of her home crowd:
This is the worst news and the most painful decision any player has to make. We have been working hard to recover and be able to get to the tournament in good shape.
Danka Kovinic of Montenegro is replacing Muguruza in the Mutua Madrid Open draw as a lucky loser.
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