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Muguruza accepts Sydney wildcard after Brisbane exit

SYDNEY, Australia - After a premature exit from this week's Brisbane International, World No.2 Garbiñe Muguruza has accepted a wildcard to next week's Premier event in Sydney, Tennis Australia announced on Thursday.

Forced to retire as she succumbed to cramps during a gruelling second round match against Aleksandra Krunic in Brisbane, Muguruza joins a women's field which now features seven Grand Slam champions.

World No.2 Garbiñe Muguruza joins the lineup at next week's Premier event at Sydney Olympic Park, which features four Top 10 players.
The Spaniard joins reigning Roland Garros and US Open champions Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, two time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, 2016 Australian and US Open champion Angelique Kerber and Australia’s 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur - who also received a wildcard.

The reigning Wimbledon champion will be the top seed alongside Williams, Ostapenko and Johanna Konta.

“I’ve only played in Sydney once before and I really enjoyed the conditions there, and the beautiful city,” said Muguruza, who reached the last eight in her lone appearance in Sydney in 2015.

“This wildcard is a very valuable opportunity for me get back on the court and hopefully play a few more matches before the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne. The Sydney draw is incredibly strong and there will be no easy matches.”

Commenting on the addition of Muguruza to the field, tournament director Lawrence Robertson said: “Garbiñe reached the world No.1 ranking in September and was awarded WTA Player of the Year for 2017 so she is definitely one of the ones to watch heading into the 2018 season."

“Having Garbiñe in the draw elevates our already incredible women’s field to even greater heights and fans coming out to the tennis can expect intensely competitive matches from the very first round.”

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