DUBAI, UAE - Kateryna Bondarenko is through to the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after No.5 seed Garbiñe Muguruza was forced to withdraw due to a left achilles injury while trailing 4-1 in the opening set.
"It's good that I'm through, but it wasn't really a win," Bonadarenko said after the match. "She retired."
Muguruza suffered a shock defeat last week Doha to Zhang Shuai, and looked to be struggling with her timing early on, double faulting to hand her opponent the immediate break.
At the first changeover, Muguruza called for the physio but opted not to take an injury timeout before being broken again.
"When I finished in Doha, because of the rain, a lot of people played two matches, including me," Muguruza explained. "The second one was very tough, and I remember that as soon as I went, after the match, to my room, I started to have a pain in my left Achilles.
"The next morning was even more painful. I have been carried this since that day. And here, I have been training but on and off, honestly, because of the pain. Some days it was a little bit better, some days it was a little bit worse. It was just hard for me to serve, especially, and to just move side to side today on the court.
A lack of mobility clearly apparent, Muguruza decided that the best way back into the match was to hit her way out of trouble. But with the score at 4-1 in the first set, she decided that it wasn't worth continuing.
"I can't see anything right now. I have to do some kind of MRI.
"Personally, I don't think it's like something big, hopefully, but it's very irritated and it's really bothering me every time I have to run on the court."
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