Garbine Muguruza, one of the favourites to win the Brisbane International title, has suffered a fitness scare which has forced her to retire with severe cramping in oppressively humid conditions and heat of 30 degrees.
I felt in trouble in the second set when I was 2-0 up. I started to feel my calves were cramping. Garbine Muguruza
The Wimbledon champion from Spain was leading 2-1 in the deciding set against Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic in the second round when she collapsed to the ground following a serve. The top seed was then unable to continue and conceded the match 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 looked in command after winning the first set and taking a 5-2 lead in the second only for Krunic to snatch it on a tie-break when the trouble first became apparent.
Muguruza received treatment from the physio on the court before the start of the third 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 continued, but she wasn’t despondent.
“I’m pleased because we were playing very good points and, you know, good rallies,” she added. “I felt it was a good level, a good match, but I wanted to finish to see, to evaluate how the match was, but I’m happy with the way I was playing.”
Krunic will now play either Sorana Cirstea or Anastasija Sevastova in the quarter-finals.
Last year’s runner-up Alize Cornet eased into the final eight with a straight-set win over Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Cornet, who won her first round match when fourth seed Caroline Garcia retired injured, was too consistent for Lucic-Baroni, winning 6-1 7-5.