By Richard Pagliaro
Garbiñe Muguruza’s Madrid homecoming will have to wait.
Muguruza withdrew from the Mutua Madrid Open today due to the left leg injury she sustained in Charleston.
“Garbiñe has withdrawn from the Mutua Madrid Open as a result of a muscle injury to his left leg,” the tournament said in a statement.
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) April 29, 2021
The former world No. 1 had been training in Madrid for the last week in an effort to regain full fitness, but said in a statement she’s just not physically ready to compete.
“This is the worst of the news and the most painful decision any player has to make,” Muguruza said. “We have been working hard to recover and be able to get to the tournament well, I came a week early to adapt because I was looking forward to doing well this year in Madrid, at my home and before my audience.
“But the discomfort is back and the last MRI has confirmed that I have not recovered 100% to compete and the medical recommendation is to stop.”
The 10th-seeded Spaniard was scheduled to face American Sloane Stephens in an opening-round clash of Grand Slam champions tonight.
The 27-year-old Muguruza was leading Yulia Putintseva 6-0, 2-2 in the Charleston round of 16 earlier this month when she was forced to retire from the match after suffering the leg injury. Muguruza has not played since and did not disclose when she may be ready to return.
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