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Stanford | Muguruza cruises, Sharapova withdraws

Stanford | Muguruza cruises, Sharapova withdraws

Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza reached the quarter-finals of the Stanford Classic with an easy 60-minute 6-2 6-0 run past American teenager Kayla Day while Maria Sharapova cited a sore arm in her latest withdrawal from an event.

“Kayla has just won the US Open in juniors and she’s just very promising, so I knew I had to be concentrated today,” Muguruza, the top seed said after her victory over the 17-year-old.

Muguruza next faces No. 5 seed Ana Konjuh, a 7-5 6-5 winner over Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

Meanwhile news that the five-time major champion Maria Sharapova had withdrawn with a sore left arm, filtered through.

The Russian, who was competing as a wildcard in her fourth tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, said she started to feel pain in her forearm late during her first-round win on Monday over American Jennifer Brady.

“After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury,” Sharapova said in a statement on the tournament’s website.

“Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing but I have to make a preventative decision.”

Her early exit means Ukrainian seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko advances to the third round with a walkover, where Madison Keys, the third seed who beat Caroline Dolehide 3-6 6-2 6-3, awaits.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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