Top-seeded Muruguza retires with cramps, out of Brisbane

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Garbine Muguruza of Spain is treated by medical staff after she suffered cramps in her match against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Muguruza fell to the court behind the baseline in the third set before retiring from her opening match. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza fell to the court behind the baseline in the third set before retiring from her opening match at the Brisbane International because of leg cramps.The Wimbledon champion was up a set and a break on Tuesday but couldn’t close it out in straight sets as Aleksandra Krunic rallied from 5-2 down in the second, winning it in a tiebreaker to force the match into a third set.ADVERTISEMENT The Brisbane International had been Muguruza’s only scheduled tuneup event before the Australian Open, the first major of the season starting Jan. 15.“I’m going to evaluate what options do I have now … maybe just go right away to Melbourne,” Muguruza said. “I didn’t expect to, you know, to not continue here.”Muguruza never got a chance to relax against Krunic’s counter-punching, needing a 16-minute game that went to deuce 10 times to clinch the first set. She had the break in the second and was potentially two points from victory before Krunic went on a roll, leveling the match after Muguruza gave her three set points with a double-fault.“It’s definitely not a nice feeling, first of all for me as an athlete, to see my colleague walking out of the court not being able to finish the match,” Krunic said in an on-court TV interview. “I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery and I hope she gets better for the Slam.”The result leaves defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who reached the No. 1 ranking last July before finishing 2017 at No. 4, as the highest-ranked woman in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Muguruza, who held the No. 1 ranking for four weeks last year, lasted three games in the third before being stopped by the cramps after almost 2 ½ hours in humid conditions on Pat Rafter Arena, giving Krunic a 5-7, 7-6 (3), 1-2 retired, victory.“I don’t really cramp a lot, so I’m actually surprised that today my body was like that,” Muguruza said, adding that her calf muscles started to cramp early in the second set. “It’s a shame because I always come here excited about the first tournament, and this one was bad luck, I guess.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKrunic advanced to a quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1.Alize Cornet reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In men’s first-round matches, U.S. qualifier Michael Mmoh beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, Chung Hyeon upset fifth-seeded Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6 (1) and Kyle Edmund rallied for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls in OTlast_img read more

Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP, averaged 19.6 points on 59 percent shooting from the field, 11.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks a game in the elimination round.The Cebuano center upped the ante in the semifinals where he normed 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Beermen needed only four games to dispatch the Alaska Aces and their main man Vic Manuel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meanwhile, Justin Brownlee was named Best Import, beating Renaldo Balkman of San Miguel, Reggie Johnson of Rain or Shine and Diamon Simpson of Alaska.READ: Brownlee named Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Justin Brownlee named PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The 28-year-old Fajardo is showing no signs of slowing down. It was just four months ago in the 2018 Philippine Cup where he set the mark for the most number of BPC awards with six.His mentor and former teammate Danny Ildefonso previously held the record with five.Fajardo edged Manuel, who once had an 11-game stretch this conference where he scored at least 20 points, for the award. Fajardo garnered a total of 1153 points taken from stats and votes from media, players and the PBA.Manuel was brilliant but he still finished in far second with 766 total points while GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who highlighted his campaign with a 50-point outing, came in third while his teammate Sean Anthony and Meralco’s Chris Newsome wound up in fourth and fifth place, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar Fajardo rewrote the PBA records anew after bagging the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference award, his seventh BPC overall.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more