Garbine Muguruza says she has been 'limited by pain for days' after losing out to Bianca Andreescu at the Miami Open.
The two-time Grand Slam winner arrived in Miami as one of the form players on the WTA Tour, and was well-fancied to come through a tough test against the Canadian.
She started the better and won the first set, but as the match went on she slowly began to fade to allow Andreescu to come back and win 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Afterwards, though, she refused to be disappointed, although she did reveal a mystery injury.
“It was a very even game, there was a lot of levels and I feel that I had opportunities to win, especially in the second set,” Muguruza said.
“The physical [contest] has been decisive. I had been playing with pain for days and today they limited me a lot. But I remain positive.
“I take the positive of this great start to the year. I am happy with the way I am playing and I am already looking at the tournaments on clay."
The highlight of the match came in the third set when Andreescu salvaged a brilliant winner on the stretch that was so good she surprised herself.
"That point, I went for it," Andreescu said. "I just went for it. I didn't look on the other side.
"I was like, if I get it, I get it. If I don't, I don't. Because I was not recovering after that.
"I felt my groin a little bit when I was running, so that's kind of what I was paying attention to, but then I turned around and everyone is clapping for me. I'm, like, Oh, that's so nice. I made that."
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