World number two Garbine Muguruza suffered a fitness scare ahead of the Australian Open when she was forced to retire from the Brisbane International on Tuesday with severe cramping.
Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza fell to the court behind the baseline in the third set before retiring from her opening match against Aleksandra Krunic.
Wimbledon champion Muguruza was ahead 2-1 in the deciding set against Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic in the second round of the warm-up tournament for the season’s first Grand Slam event when she collapsed to the ground following a serve.
The Spanish top seed was unable to continue and handed the match to Krunic 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-1.
“I felt in trouble in the second set when I was 2-0 up,” Muguruza said. “I started to feel my calves were cramping.”
Muguruza received treatment from the physio on court before the start of the decider and broke Krunic only to collapse while serving to consolidate the service break.
“I continued to think that with the match they might go away, and then they were increasing, increasing. And then I had a lot of my body cramping,” Muguruza said.
Muguruza’s run of injury problems in Brisbane dates back to 2015 when she withdrew on the eve of the event with an ankle problem. A foot injury ended her 2016 campaign and a thigh problem led to her semi-final retirement last year.
The loss ends any hope Muguruza had of leapfrogging Simona Halep and becoming world number one before the seedings are decided for Australian Open, which begins on January 15.