The Spanish Garbine Muguruza, ex-world n ° 1 and victorious of two major titles, forfeited Thursday before the quarter-finals in Hobart (Australia) because of fever but has “good hope” to be postponed for the Australian Open, which begins Monday. “I have been feverish for several days and this (Thursday) morning, my body said stop. I’m going to rest today and hope to be in Melbourne tomorrow (Friday). I am hopeful that I am in good shape to compete in the Australian Open, ”said Muguruza, 26, 34th in the world, on Twitter. In Tasmania, the champion of Roland-Garros 2016 and Wimbledon 2017 had to compete with the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (42nd) during the quarter-finals. At the Australian Open, Muguruza faces a qualifier in the first round, according to the draw made on Thursday. Placed in the second half of the table, she could meet the 5th world and outgoing quarter-finalist, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, in the third round.