Muguruza makes ‘most painful decision’ to withdraw from Madrid Open
Garbine Muguruza has had to pull out of the Madrid Open after failing to fully recover from a leg injury that forced her to previously retire from the Charleston Open.
Garbine Muguruza didn’t get the chance to see what she could do in Madrid this year, withdrawing before her first round match against 2019 semi-finalist Sloane Stephens.
“This is the worst news and the most painful decision any player has to make,” Muguruza said in a statement she posted to her Twitter. “We have been working hard to recover and be able to get to the tournament in good shape,” she continued.
“But the discomfort has returned and the last MRI confirmed that I have not recovered 100% to compete and the doctor’s recommendation is to stop.”
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) April 29, 2021
Muguruza picked up the ailment earlier in April at the Charleston Open. Leading 6-0, 2-2 against Yulia Putinsteva in the Round of 16, the Spaniard retired due to an injury in her left leg.
Muguruza was the 10th seed coming into the main draw for the WTA 1000 event in Madrid, and had played the second most matches on tour in 2021 (27), just behind Veronika Kudermetova (29).