Suffering a defeat in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday, the world number three Garbine Muguruza blamed the COVID-19 outbreak within her support team which disrupted her preparation for the first open of the season.
The former French Open and Wimbledon champion who reached the finals of the Australian Open last year crashed out of the second round match to French Veteran Alize Cornet 6-3,6-3. The service of the world number three was not up to the point in the tie and her match lasted for 1hr 27 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
Muguruza was well below her standards against the French international as her opponent put early pressure on her after breaking her first service in the first set of the match and won the set comfortably.
The Spanish international stepped up her game in the first few games of the second set but Cornet was in command of the second set after she broke her service in the sixth game of the second set. she won the set 6-3 sealed the match and advanced into the third round.
It was a tough day for Muguruza as she could not play to her full potential as her service was weak shots were not so accurate and could not make tactical decisions well throughout the game.
Cornet is now in the third round of the Slam for the first time since 2018 where she will face either Tamara Ziansek or Heather Watson.