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Tennis news - Garbine Muguruza withdraws from Sydney tournament

Muguruza withdraws from Sydney event
By Eurosport

08/01/2019 at 16:42Updated 08/01/2019 at 17:04

Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza has been forced to withdraw from the Sydney International due to illness.

The former world number one overcame fellow Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-4 on Monday and was due to face seventh seed Kiki Bertens in the second round, but event organisers confirmed the Dutch player had been given a walkover to the last eight.

With the draw for the Australian Open due to take place on Thursday ahead of the opening day of the year's first Grand Slam in Melbourne on Monday, 25-year-old Muguruza will be mindful of her physical condition.

She damaged a thigh muscle during the Hopman Cup in Perth last week, prompting her withdrawal from a mixed doubles match with France.

The former French Open and Wimbledon champion has dropped to 18 in the world over the past year, and is an 18-1 outsider with bookmakers for a third Grand Slam this month.

Her best performance at the Australian Open was a quarter-final appearance two years ago when she lost in straight sets to Coco Vandeweghe.