Spanish-Venezuelan tennis star Garbiñe Muguruza has dropped out of the Sydney International tournament. Despite beating Carla Suarez Navarro, she has decided to bow out owing to acute gastroenteritis.
It is believed that the main reason for Muguruza's withdrawal is her intention to have full physical recovery ahead of the calendar year's first major event in form of Australian Open 2019. The first Grand Slam of the season will commence in Melbourne from January 14.
Muguruza explained in an interview that she was feeling better referring to the physical discomfort in her left thigh that she suffered during the Hopman Cup held in Perth.
Muguruza looked in full control after an easy win over fellow Spaniard Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the ongoing Sydney International. As a result, the match ended in less than an hour and saw her total dominance in her straight set victory. She was to take on Dutch player Kiki Bertens in the next round.
Earlier, Britian's Johanna Konta was forced to retire midway in her Qualifiers' clash versus Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Sydney International. At the time of retiring, she was 1-4 down.
Looks like majority of players are trying to remain fresh before the season kicks off in style. With plenty of contenders in both men's and women's singles, the Australian Open could well turn out to be nerve-wrecking.
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