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Garbine Muguruza pulls out of Madrid Open with leg injury

Mutua Madrid Open 2021 - Qualify Day Two

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to fans after practice for the WTA 1000 - Mutua Madrid Open 2021 at La Caja Magica on April 28, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)

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MADRID -- Garbine Muguruza pulled out of the Madrid Open after failing to recover from a leg injury.

The Spaniard was scheduled to face Sloane Stephens in the first round.

“This is the worst news and the most painful decision any player can make,” Muguruza said. “But the problem has come back and the last scan confirmed that I’m not 100% recovered to be able to compete and the medical recommendation is to rest.”

Also, Jil Teichmann beat fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round, while Angelique Kerber defeated Marketa Vondrousova 7-6 (5), 6-1 and Kiki Bertens beat Victoria Jimenez 6-4, 6-0.