‘This is the worst news,’ laments Garbine Muguruza as she is forced to pull out of Madrid Open

Garbine Muguruza press conference

Garbine Muguruza’s 2021 Madrid Open hopes have been dashed before she even got going as the Spaniard was forced to pull out of the event due to injury.

The world No 13, who has been one of the form players on the WTA Tour this year, first injured her left leg at the third round of the Volvo Car Open at the beginning of April.

After a fortnight on the sidelines nursing the injury, she had high hopes of being ready for her home WTA 1000 event. However, the injury has not healed and as a result she won’t feature at the clay-court event.

“This is the worst news and the most painful decision any player can make,” she said in a statement. “We have been working hard to recover and be able to get to the tournament in good shape, I came a week before to adapt because I really wanted to do well in Madrid, at home and in front of my home crowd.

“But the discomfort has returned and the last MRI […] confirmed that I have not recovered 100% to be able to compete and the doctor’s recommendation is to stop. It is not an easy decision, and it is a great disappointment.

“I want to thank the tournament for all the effort they have made to make it possible for us to have this event this year under these circumstances.”

Muguruza was due to face Sloane Stephens in the first round, but she has been replaced by Danka Kovinic in the main draw.

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