World no. 27 and two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza has decided to withdraw from the next week’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, joining Qiang Wang and Petra Martic on the list of sidelined players.
Garbine has been dealing with a right leg injury, losing in the first round at Wimbledon two years after lifting the title there and opting to take more rest before returning to the court in Toronto or Cincinnati. The Spaniard has played 11 WTA tournaments so far in 2019, reaching the quarter-final at Indian Wells and lifting the trophy in Monterrey, defending the crown she won a year ago.
Madrid and Rome had brought nothing good to a former Roland Garros winner, reaching the fourth round in Paris and suffering that early loss at Wimbledon to a qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia in straight sets. Staged at the San Jose State University, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the last preparation for many players ahead of three significant North American events and the top seeds are now Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka, Elise Mertens, Donna Vekic and Amanda Anisimova.
“I am so disappointed to have to pull out of San Jose,” said Muguruza. “Unfortunately my leg is not ready to compete and I’m doing everything I can to be back on the court and healthy. I am sorry to have to miss San Jose and wish the tournament a great week”.
“It is certainly disappointing that Garbiñe has had to withdraw from the event, but unfortunately injuries are a part of sports and a player’s health is always the top priority,” said tournament director Vickie Gunnarsson. “Hopefully she will be able to recover quickly and get back on the court soon”.