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Sport Muguruza in Australian Open fitness battle

09:11  13 january  2018
09:11  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Garbine Muguruza , R2, Rod Laver Arena, 18 January 2018. Photo: Ben Solomon/Tennis Australia . Garbiñe Muguruza chats about her fitness level and how she feels coming into the 2018 Australian Open .

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The reigning Wimbledon champion's preparations were thrown into disarray when injuries forced her to withdraw from both of her lead-up events on Australian soil.

Muguruza retired hurt in the second round of the Brisbane International after suffering debilitating leg cramps.

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Garbine Muguruza pre-tournament interview. Garbiñe Muguruza chats about her fitness level and how she feels coming into the 2018 Australian Open .

She then pulled out of her Sydney International quarter-final against Daria Gavrilova with a right thigh complaint.

The world No.3 remains a top contender in a wide open field but has conceded she isn't 100 per cent fit ahead of Tuesday's opening clash with French wildcard Jessika Ponchet.

"I'm trying to be fully ready to go," Muguruza said on Saturday.

"Honestly, I never feel I'm super perfect in any tournament. It's true, when you have the grand slam, you even want to feel more ready.

Muguruza suffers second injury withdrawal Down Under

  Muguruza suffers second injury withdrawal Down Under Garbine Muguruza's preparations for next week's Australian Open were thrown into disarray when the world number three pulled out of the Sydney International due to a leg injury on Wednesday. Hours after battling past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6(6) to advance to the quarter-finals in her opening match, the 24-year-old Spanish top seed withdrew with a right thigh complaint."I am disappointed but I have talked to the WTA doctors and my team after the match and following their recommendation, I have to withdraw from the tournament," Muguruza said in a statement.

Garbine Muguruza is centimetres from a default as she almost hits a line umpire in a moment of frustration at the Australian Open 2018.

Garbine Muguruza won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last year. 2018 Australian Open . Muguruza has struggled for fitness in the early weeks of the season and began the match with strapping on her foot.

"That's what I'm going through. I'm trying to every day improve, try to recover. I know I'm playing on Tuesday, so we'll see."

The reigning WTA player of the year, Muguruza was one of five to have claimed the women's world No.1 ranking last year, sitting atop the throne for four weeks.

Her injury struggles are particularly ill-timed considering she stands to benefit from superstars Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova withdrawing from the Australian Open.

But the Spaniard is refusing to let that bring her down as she looks to improve upon last year's quarter-final defeat to CoCo Vandeweghe.

"The feeling is excited because, you know, grand slams are the most important tournaments," she said.

"Of course, I will be happier if I would come here playing more matches. But that's not going to put me down at all.

"I'm looking forward to start. I have good memories from last year. In general, I always have good memories from Australian Open."

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