Garbine Muguruza (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Spain's world No 3 Garbine Muguruza is hoping to win a medal for her country at the Rio Olympics, which gets underway with the opening ceremony on August 5.
The 22-year-old French Open champion is part of a strong-looking Spanish team with the likes of Carla Suarez Navarro in the singles, Anabel Medina and Arantxa Parra in doubles, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Albert Ramos-Vinolas singles, and Marc Lopez (with Nadal) in doubles.
Spain looks to be in contention for tennis medals if there are no withdrawals from the team due to injuries.
Muguruza said she would give everything to win a medal for her country. “I will do everything possible to give everything and get a medal for Spain," she said.
She was scheduled to play in the WTA hardcourt tournament in Montreal this week ahead of the Olympics but has been forced to pull out after not feeling well.
“I’m pretty disappointed, I practiced a lot for this tournament,” Garbine said. “Since yesterday, I have kind of been feeling weird and I spoke with the doctor and everything.
"I thought today I was going to feel better, but in the last moment I didn’t feel good enough to go on court and give my best.”
Hopefully, this is nothing too serious and she will be feeling better to challenge for medals in Rio.