Further danger signs could be flashing for the US hardcourt tennis re-start, with double Grand Slam champion 1, Garbiñe Muguruza set to miss the run-up “Cincinnati” Masters through injury.

The Swiss-based Spaniard who once stood No. 1 on the WTA, said she will try and get fit for the August 31 start of the US Open as she deals with an ankle problem.

“Following the recommendation of my medical team, I have decided to remove myself from the Cincinnati tournament due to discomfort in my left ankle,” she said on social media.

“I really want to get back to competition and do it in New York. I know that both the WTA and the USTA are making a great effort to make it possible for us to play again and I will work hard to be a lot there. “

The 16th-ranked Muguruza lost in the first round at the event a year ago.

The women’s draw is already missing six members of the ranking Top 10 while men;s holder Rafael Nadal and 2015 winner Stan Wawrika will also not make the trip to the US, with it’s COVID-19 death toll of more than 170,000.

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