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Muguruza suffers injury setback ahead of Australian Open

The world number three beat Kiki Bertens in the Sydney International but later pulled out of the tournament due to a thigh injury.

Muguruza suffers injury setback ahead of Australian Open
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Garbiñe Muguruza has withdrawn from the Sydney International due to injury less than a week before the Australian Open gets underway.

Cramps forced the Wimbledon champion to pull out of the Brisbane International last week and the 24-year-old retired in Sydney due to an issue with her right thigh.

Wildcard entry Muguruza beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6 (8-6) on Wednesday, but it was later announced that she will not play in the quarter-finals.

Muguruza took a medical timeout after the third game against Bertens, but was able to continue and seal her first win of the season.

Muguruza struggling ahead of Melbourne

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The Spaniard's latest setback comes just five days before the opening Grand Slam of the year starts in Melbourne.

She said in a statement: "I am disappointed but I have talked to the WTA doctors and my team after the match today and following their recommendation, I have to withdraw from the tournament,

"I have felt pain in my right adductor since I started practicing here. Yesterday I felt better and wanted to play. However, during the match today the pain has been there all the time but I wanted to compete. I want to thank the tournament and the fans in Sydney for their support."