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Muguruza wins in Sydney, pulls out hurt

2018-01-10 12:36
Garbine Muguruza (Getty)

Sydney - Spain's world number three Garbine Muguruza was forced out of the Sydney International with an injury following her win over Kiki Bertens on Wednesday.

A week after retiring from the Brisbane International with cramps, leading Australian Open contender Muguruza had an early medical timeout for a thigh injury before beating Bertens 6-3, 7-6 (8/6). 

But the win came at a cost. The Wimbledon champion later announced she would be pulling out of the tournament, handing Australian Daria Gavrilova direct passage to the semi-finals. 

Muguruza's decision comes less than a week out from the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

"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," Muguruza said.

"I have felt pain in my right adductor since I started practising 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." 

Muguruza was leading 2-1 in the opening set when she sought a medical time-out. 

She showed few ill-effects upon her return to the court, reeling off six of the next eight games to take a commanding lead against the 32nd-ranked Dutchwoman. 

The Spanish top seed claimed the first set before needing a tiebreaker to see off her opponent.

Gavrilova downed Samantha Stosur in their all-Australian second round night match 6-4, 6-2 and will benefit from Muguruza's setback to advance to the last four. 

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska reached her fifth Sydney quarter-final with a straight-sets win over American qualifier Catherine Bellis 7-6 (7/4), 6-0. 

Radwanska will play Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi, who eliminated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. 

In the men's event, Spanish top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas was knocked out by Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 7-5. 

The Spanish world number 22 needed treatment for a leg problem early in the second set but continued playing, without success, as Lorenzi moved into the quarter-finals. 

The Italian will play Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev for a semi-final berth. 

French pair Adrian Mannarino and Benoit Paire progressed to the last eight with victories on Wednesday. 

Fifth seed Mannarino downed Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 6-1, while Paire needed three sets to get past Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. 

Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur has a quarter-final with Spaniard Feliciano Lopez after his opponent Damir Dzumhur - 30th in the world rankings - retired when the youngster was leading 6-2 3-0. 

Lopez took out Argentine third seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 7-6 (7/1).

Results from the ATP/WTA Sydney International on Wednesday (x denotes seed):


Second round

Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP x1) 6-3, 7-5

Adrian Mannarino (FRA x5) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-1

Benoit Paire (FRA) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Fabio Fognini (ITA x4) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Daniil Medvedev (RUS) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Alex de Minaur (AUS) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-2, 3-0 ret.

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x3) 6-3, 7-6 (7/1)

Second round

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) bt Catherine Bellis (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-0

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x1) bt Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)

Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE) 7-6 (9/7), 6-2

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 6-2


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