When the first day of the women’s main draw had barely started, the Mutua Madrid Open received a jug of cold water with the announcement of the withdrawal of Garbiñe Muguruza. The Spanish, who will turn 28 in October and was going to make her debut this Thursday at the center, has not finished overcoming the muscular problems that she had been dragging in her left leg for three weeks – she had to withdraw from the Charleston tournament – and finally will not compete in the Magic Box, a place that for one reason or another resists him.
In principle, she had to jump into the arena today to face the American Sloane Stephens, but at noon she announced that she has suffered from the ailment and the doctors have recommended her not to force, given the possibility of aggravating the injury. “We have been working hard to recover and get to the tournament well, I came a week before to adapt because I really wanted to do well this year in Madrid, at home and in front of my audience,” he lamented.
“It is not an easy decision, and it is a great disappointment,” he continued in the statement. “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,” said the tennis player, who this course is the third most regular player on the circuit and has raised the title of Dubai. Now, his goal is to take care of himself as much as possible and try to land Ronald Garros with physical guarantees, which starts on May 30.
In this way, the Catalan Paula Badosa and the Valencian Sara Sorribes are the only Spanish representatives in the women’s team. The first intervenes this noon and the second will premiere tomorrow against Simona Halep. Meanwhile, on the day of this Thursday the first surprise of the tournament occurred with the elimination of the number five in the world, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, felled by Jil Teichmann (6-2, 4-6 and 7-6). Petra Kvitova, another of the figures, had no shocks in her duel with Marie Bouzkova (6-2, 6-3).