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Sport Tennis - Muguruza through as Tsurenko retires hurt

22:08  04 june  2018
22:08  04 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Garbine Muguruza holding a racket on a court: French Open - Roland Garros © REUTERS/Christian Hartmann French Open - Roland Garros

Spain's Garbine Muguruza reached the French Open quarter-finals without breaking sweat when her Ukrainian opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired after two games on Monday.

The third seed, bidding for a second title in Paris after her 2016 triumph, was 2-0 ahead when Tsurenko pulled out with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Tsurenko, ranked 39th, stretched to reach a Muguruza serve in the second game and immediately clutched the back of her thigh before calling for treatment.

A physio was summoned and Tsurenko was given extensive treatment.

She played on for five more points but walked to the net and shook hands after Muguruza held serve.

Muguruza is yet to drop a set in the tournament and will face twice champion Maria Sharapova for a place in the semis after the Russian's opponent, Serena Williams, pulled out before the start of their eagerly-awaited duel due to injury.

Brazilian great Bueno dies aged 78 .
Maria Bueno, the Brazilian tennis great who won seven grand slam titles in the 1950s and 1960s, has died after being treated for cancer at a Sao Paulo hospital. She was 78. The elegant Bueno, South America's most successful player, shot to global fame when she claimed her maiden grand slam at Wimbledon in 1959 and her second at the U.S. Nationals two months later.She successfully defended her Wimbledon crown the following year and claimed back-to-back U.S. Nationals titles in 1963-64.

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