Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is suffering from painful leg cramps is withdrawing her name from the Brisbane International. This will be the fourth year in a row that she is not playing in the tournament.

The 24-year-old Spanish world number 2 was leading 2-1 in the deciding set of her second-round match against Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic, but collapsed during a serve.

Muguruz is the winner of the French Open in 2016 before her Wimbledon victory last year

The Spanish player was eyeing the number one spot of Romanian Simona Halep before the Australian Open. However, the hope now ends with her pulling out of Brisbane International, BBC reported.

 

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“I cramp very few times,” said Muguruza, adding that the problem suddenly started in the second set. “The last time I cramped up was actually at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the conditions. I don’t know, but it’s rare for me,” she added

This is not the first time injury problems have decided Muguruza’s fate in Brisbane. It goes way back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem. Another foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.

“I continued to think that with the match, they (cramps) might go away, and then they were increasing, increasing. And then I had a lot of my body cramping,” Muguruza said, Yahoo reported.

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The top seed was dominating over the unseeded Krunic, the world number 53. She was converting her seventh set point to win the first set before surging to a 5-2 lead in the second. Taking hold to the opportunity, Krunic took four of the next five games to force a tie-break, which she won 7-3 to send the contest into a deciding set.

We wish a speedy recovery to the champ!

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