Muguruza retires due to injury and Carla Suárez falls with Bertens

The Venezuelan-Spanish withdrew in the second set against Azarenka after falling in the first. After beating Cornet, the Canarian ended up succumbing to the Dutch.

The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza retired this Thursday from the tournament in Rome in the second round, when period by 6-4 and 3-1 before the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, former world number one, because of an injury to the left thigh .

Muguruza, semifinalist in Rome in 2017, played two games in the space of a few hours, after his second round commitment, initially scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed to this Thursday. The Spanish, born in Caracas, won the first against the American Danielle Collins (n.30 WTA), but had to withdraw in the second, against Azarenka, after suffering a problem in the left thigh, as reported to EFE tournament organizers from the Foro Itálico.

Azarenka, which eliminated the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, the reigning champion, in her debut, will play the quarterfinals against the winner of the duel between the Czech Karolina Pliskova and the American Sofia Kenin.

Muguruza: "I'm waiting for a day very hard "

The Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, who eliminated the American Danielle Collins and who will face on Thursday the Belarussian Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the tournament in Rome, acknowledged that the wait" a very hard day ".

" I will play against a very good player and I really like it, it will be an important match and today is a very hard day, because they are two p artidos ", affirmed Muguruza, in declarations facilitated to EFE in the Foro Italico.

Garbiñe, semifinalist in 2017, will have to play two matches on the same day because the heavy rain on Wednesday forced to postpone the entire program, both in the women's circuit as in the male.

"Today is a much better day, yesterday (Wednesday) was really rainy and it's a shame because tennis is played with sun. So finally, today is a good day" said the player born in Caracas, champion this year in Monterrey.

The first match of the day ended 6-4, 4-6 and 6-2 in her favor and Garbiñe was satisfied with the performance. "It was a very good match, in the second set she played a lot better but I was calm, knowing that my game was good and in the third set it worked much better", said.

Suárez falls to Kiki Bertens

La Española Carla Suarez fell on Thursday by 6-4, 1-6 and 6-3 against Dutch Kiki Bertens, sixth seed, in the round of 16 of the tournament in Rome. Bertens will be measured in the quarterfinals with the winner of the cross between Naomi Osaka and Mihaela Buznarnescu.

Previous, the Canary surpassed in its second round crossing the French Alizé Cornet by 6-3, 3-0 and abandon.

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