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Garcia pulls out of Brisbane International

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Tom McGarry

Caroline Garcia was forced to pull out of her first round match at the Brisbane International due to a back injury.

The French ace went into the tournament as the number four seed and she looked to be on course for a routine victory against compatriot Alize Cornet, as she won the opening set 6-3.

However, Cornet won the second set by the same score, taking the contest to a decider, while Garcia had to take a medical timeout before the final set got underway and after attempting a couple of serves she was forced to retire from the match altogether.

The 24-year-old also struggled with a back issue last season and she conceded she had to retire from the match to avoid doing any long-term damage.

"I’ve always had some issues with my back,” Garcia told reporters. “At the beginning of the match I felt a pain in my lower back and it was different than it is normally. It was getting worse and worse and in the end I couldn’t really move. There was no point to keep going.”

The first Grand Slam of 2018, the Australian Open, is due to get underway in two weeks time, but Garcia is confident the injury will not rule her out of that tournament.

“I mean, it’s in two weeks, so it’s a long time... with the back it’s always complicated,” she added. “Especially mine, it’s really something I take care of, so it’s kind of surprising for it to show up like this. But we’ll do the best that we can.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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