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Australian Open: Muguruza prepared to battle through the pain as she makes round 2

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Spanish superstar Garbiñe Muguruza has said that her knee would have to deteriorate considerably more to withdraw from the Australian Open. On Monday, she won her first match at the Australian Open, battling past Marina Erakovic 7-5, 6-4, but left the court to receive medical treatment after winning the first set as she was suffering from pain in her right knee.

"I took a medical timeout and became a little bit unfocused on the court, and it took me a couple of games to get into the match again," said Muguruza, who opened her season with a run to the Brisbane International semi-finals before retiring with a right thigh injury.

Muguruza said that when she started to play she did not notice any severe pain, but she was afraid after what had happened to her in Brisbane.

The seventh seed emphasized that she is not thinking of withdrawing from the Australian Open, where she meets American Samantha Crawford in the next round.

23 year old Muguruza is the reigning French Open champion but has struggled to stay injury free during his short professional career. The youngster is yet to make it past the fourth round in Melbourne, having fallen at the hurdle in each of the last two years.