Garbine faces fitness fight
ROME: Garbine Muguruza was forced to retire from her Rome semi-final against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina with a neck injury Saturday, placing a question mark over her fitness just a week out from the start of her French Open title defence.
The Spanish third seed was 1-4 down after just 22 minutes in the first set when she quit, handing the eighth-seeded Elina a place in Sunday’s final against Romania’s Simona Halep.
Garbine had needed three sets to beat Venus Williams in the quarter-finals on Friday night.
It was the Spaniard’s fourth retirement this year.
Garbine had not won a clay court match all season until Rome following first round losses in Stuttgart and Madrid.
Elina, who has titles in Taiwan, Dubai and Istanbul already in 2017, said she hoped Garbine recovers in time for Roland Garros which starts on May 28.
Sixth-seeded Halep, the champion in Madrid last weekend, reached her first final in Rome after sweeping aside Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-1 in her semi-final. AFP