Top seed and former world number 1, Garbine Muguruza has withdrawn from the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. As it turned out, the Spaniard sustained a right arm injury prior to her match.
Muguruza was set to face Victoria Azarenka in the second round but will have to forfeit. The clash with Azarenka would have been her first match of the tournament.
She had been complaining of some pain in her right arm for a couple of days. That was when she realised that she was in no condition to play the match. she hopes to recover in time for the next tournaments.
The Spaniard praised the superior facilities in San Jose, especially the courts. She said that she always made it a point to play there before the start of the US Open Series. Muguruza hopes to return and see her fans in 2019.
The 24-year old wanted to kick-start her North American summer in San Jose but will have to wait a little longer. The Silicon Valley Classic is her first tournament since losing in the second round at Wimbledon. Muguruza was defeated by Belgian player Alison van Uytvanck.
The World No.7 was a semifinalist at last year’s event, held at Stanford University. However, she lost to eventual champion Madison Keys with a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Had she played, she would have been given a bye over Russian player Anna Blinkova. But now, she will replace Muguruza in the draw to play Azarenka. The match is expected to begin at 7 p.m. local time.
Now, Muguruza will have to wait and recover from her injury before thinking of participating. Hopefully for her sake, she makes a recovery that is well in time for the US Open in late August. It would be gutting for her if she missed out on the final grand slam of the year.