PARIS, France - Former World No.1 Garbiñe Muguruza eased into her fourth French Open quarterfinal in five years when opponent Lesia Tsurenko was forced to retire, trailing the Spaniard, 2-0.
"I think it happened in the second game," Muguruza recalled in press. "I saw her hitting a shot and that she didn't look very well, and so from that moment, I think she didn't feel good.
"It's not beautiful. I know how it feels. I had few retirements at the beginning of the year, and it's very tough, especially here, for sure, fourth round of French Open."
A surprising day that had already seen 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams withdraw from her fourth round encounter with Maria Sharapova ended in tough fashion on Court 1, where Muguruza and Tsurenko were set to play after being initially scheduled to Court Suzanne-Lenglen, then Court Philippe-Chatrier.
The two-time Grand Slam champion had yet to drop a set against Roland Garros as she took on a 29-year-old veteran in the midst of a career-best run in Paris, upsetting No.15 seed CoCo Vandeweghe and No.19 seed Magdalena Rybarikova in back-to-back upsets.
"I'm very satisfied, because, you know, I feel it's a tournament that I love. I feel I had good matches. I played good matches, tough opponents. I'm excited I'm still in the draw and I still have more matches to come if everything goes well."
Muguruza and Tsurenko had split their two previous meetings but it was the No.3 seed who got out to the quicker start, breaking serve before Tsurenko took a mid-game medical timeout, re-emerging with a clear game plan to keep points short.
One point into the third game, however, the injury proved too tough and she was forced to end the match.
Up next for Muguruza is two-time French Open champion Sharapova; the Russian leads their head-to-head 3-0, but their last two matches went to three sets, including one in the quarterfinals of the 2014 French Open.
"It caught me completely by surprise that [Serena] withdrew. I guess she has her reasons. It was going to be a very interesting match, for sure. I have good quarterfinals. I didn't have a preference. I remember we played a quarterfinals, like, four or five years ago against Maria, so it's good to be back there.
"She's very solid and aggressive. I'm going to try and play my best tennis, and I think that we both have the same type of aggressive game. So what I have to do is be on top of things and start first."