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French Open champ Muguruza hobbles out of Rome

Garbine Muguruza (Getty)
Garbine Muguruza (Getty)

Rome - French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was forced to retire due to injury from her Rome Masters semi-final against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina on Saturday.

The Spanish third seed was 1-4 down after just 22 minutes in the first set when she quit, handing the eighth-seeded Svitolina a place in Sunday's final against Romania's Simona Halep.

Muguruza had needed three sets to beat Venus Williams in the quarter-finals on Friday night.

Sixth seeded Halep, the champion in Madrid last weekend, reached her first final in Rome after sweeping Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-1 in her semi-final.

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