BEIJING, China – Garbine Muguruza, top-ranked Spanish-Venezuelan tennis star player, arrived in Beijing for the China Open.With hope for a better result after her defeat at the Wuhan Open against Jelena Ostapenko, things still did not go well for her health this time.
Muguruza has decided to retire from her opening match against Barbora Strycova, professional tennis player from the Czech Republic, in the China Open on Monday due to a cold. She then stated during a game build-up that she was not in the best shop after a leg injury.
Muguruza played first set with 6-2 and was going beyond Strycova when she decided to have a break. Muguruza, the dominating Wimbledon champion, called for a medical timeout during the second set and after having her pulse checked on the courtside, she later called it quits.
“I couldn’t perform well today,” said Muguruza and admitted that she got infected with a virus last week at the Wuhan Open. However, she still wanted to play despite her condition. “I don’t want to quit before the tournament starts,” she continued.
On the other hand, Sloane Stephens, US Open Champ, lost his game to Christina McHale with a score of 6-3 and 6-0.
“It was quite a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s really not much to say about. Obviously it was not a great match, so I’ll just forget about it and try to keep moving on.”
In the other women’s match, former champion Caroline Wozniacki won against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova with a 6-2 and 6-2 score. Players Elena Vesnina, Peng Shuai, Alize Cornet and Coco Vandeweghe also finished victoriously.
In the men’s category, Roberto Bautista Agut, Steve Darcis, Aljaz Bedene, Mischa Zverev and Fabio Fognini were also the victors.
Top-ranked Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will play in Tuesday’s opening match against Lucas Pouille, a professional tennis player from France, who beat him on their first ever match last year.