‘Switch to clay was tough. I felt a sharp pain and it got worse’, reveals Garbine Muguruza on Charleston injury
Garbine Muguruza identified the quick switch from hard to clay courts as a reason for the injury which forced her to retire at the WTA event in Charleston.
The world No. 13 stormed through the first set 6-0 – and was level at 2-2 in the second set – when she retired with a left leg issue against Yulia Putintseva. The Spaniard had reached the third round of the WTA 500 tournament – which is played on green clay – by beating Magdalena Frech.
“I was already feeling some pain in my first match. The switch of hard courts to clay was tough, and in a very short amount of time,” explained Muguruza in a post-match interview.
“I started very well, and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my leg, and it got worse. I didn’t want to continue without playing my best tennis. It didn’t make sense to me.”
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World No. 31 Putintseva said after the match: “First of all, she was playing really great tennis since the first point.
“I tried to fight back, I tried to do my best, and in the second set I could at least make it to be even. But for now I don’t feel like I deserve this, to go through. I wish her a speedy recovery – she’s having a great season.”
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