Sport Muguruza in Australian Open fitness battle

09:11  13 january  2018
09:11  13 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International

  Muguruza awarded wildcard at Sydney International Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has accepted a wildcard into next week's Sydney International, the tournament organisers said on Thursday. World number two Muguruza hopes to step up her preparations for the Australian Open after she was forced to retire with leg cramps during her opening match at the Brisbane International on Tuesday."I've only played in Sydney once before and I really enjoyed the conditions there, and the beautiful city," the 24-year-old Spaniard said in a statement.

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Muguruza 's Australian Open credentials have gone under cloud with such spate of recent injuries. Despite the right thigh injury, Muguruza battled past Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6(6) to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is staying positive ahead of the Australian Open despite concerns about her fitness.© Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is staying positive ahead of the Australian Open despite concerns about her fitness. Two-time grand slam winner Garbine Muguruza is racing to recover from a thigh injury with just three days to go before she launches her Australian Open campaign.

The reigning Wimbledon champion's preparations were thrown into disarray when injuries forced her to withdraw from both of her lead-up events on Australian soil.

Muguruza retired hurt in the second round of the Brisbane International after suffering debilitating leg cramps.

Muguruza suffers second injury withdrawal Down Under

  Muguruza suffers second injury withdrawal Down Under 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 due to a leg injury on Wednesday. Hours after battling past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6(6) to advance to the quarter-finals in her opening match, the 24-year-old Spanish top seed withdrew with a right thigh complaint."I am disappointed but I have talked to the WTA doctors and my team after the match and following their recommendation, I have to withdraw from the tournament," Muguruza said in a statement.

Spain's world number three Garbine Muguruza battled a muscle problem to overcome Kiki Bertens and reach the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. A week after retiring from the Brisbane International with cramps, leading Australian Open contender Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in

Spain's world number three Garbine Muguruza battled a muscle problem to overcome Kiki Bertens and reach the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. A week after retiring from the Brisbane International with cramps, leading Australian Open contender Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in

She then pulled out of her Sydney International quarter-final against Daria Gavrilova with a right thigh complaint.

The world No.3 remains a top contender in a wide open field but has conceded she isn't 100 per cent fit ahead of Tuesday's opening clash with French wildcard Jessika Ponchet.

"I'm trying to be fully ready to go," Muguruza said on Saturday.

"Honestly, I never feel I'm super perfect in any tournament. It's true, when you have the grand slam, you even want to feel more ready.

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Spain's world number three Garbine Muguruza battled a muscle problem to overcome Kiki Bertens and reach the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. A week after retiring from the Brisbane International with cramps, leading Australian Open contender Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in

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"That's what I'm going through. I'm trying to every day improve, try to recover. I know I'm playing on Tuesday, so we'll see."

The reigning WTA player of the year, Muguruza was one of five to have claimed the women's world No.1 ranking last year, sitting atop the throne for four weeks.

Her injury struggles are particularly ill-timed considering she stands to benefit from superstars Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrawing from the Australian Open.

But the Spaniard is refusing to let that bring her down as she looks to improve upon last year's quarter-final defeat to CoCo Vandeweghe.

"The feeling is excited because, you know, grand slams are the most important tournaments," she said.

"Of course, I will be happier if I would come here playing more matches. But that's not going to put me down at all.

"I'm looking forward to start. I have good memories from last year. In general, I always have good memories from Australian Open."

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