The curse of Garbiñe Muguruza continues in Madrid. An injury, just a few hours before her debut, separates the Spanish from playing the tournament in the capital. “This is the worst news and the most painful decision any player has to make. We have been working hard to recover so we can get to the tournament well. I have come a week before to adapt because I really wanted to do well this year in Madrid, at home and in front of my audience, but the discomfort has returned and in the last resonance it has been confirmed that I have not recovered one hundred percent to compete and the medical recommendation is to stop, “Muguruza said in a statement issued this Thursday.
“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. I hope it will be a great tournament and that the fans in Madrid and at home on TV can enjoy it. Next year I will try again with even more enthusiasm, “added the Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player.
This withdrawal is added to Muguruza’s blacklist of participations in the Caja Mágica, where he has never been able to pass the round of 16. This Thursday she had planned her debut against American Sloane Stephens, but the match will not be played.
The annoyances that took him away from the Charleston tournament at the beginning of the month have returned and Muguruza will leave Madrid with the aim of recovering for Rome and Roland Garros. The disappointment comes because Muguruza, before this injury, was embarking on a great season. She started the year with a final in the Melbourne preparation tournament, played the round of 16 in Australia, losing to the eventual champion, finished in Doha, took the title in Dubai and scored a round of 16 in Miami before that his physique said enough in Charleston, the first clay court of the season. These results allow her to finish third in the race to Shenzhen, where each year the eight best tennis players in the world compete for the title of teachers.
At the Mutua Madrid Open he opted to surpass his historical records in the capital, a place that has always resisted him and in which he has only managed to chain two victories in one of his eight participations. Since her debut in 2012 as a guest, until 2019, the last edition until this year, Muguruza accumulated a defeat in the qualifying phase, two in the first round, three in the second and one in the round of 16.
The eighth of 2018, when the Russian Darya Kasatkina separated him, are his top in Madrid. This drop, which complicates their options to get into the ‘top 10’ again, leaves only two Spanish in the table. Paula Badosa, who debuts against Barbora Krejcikova, and Sara Sorribes, who will face the two-time champion Simona Halep.