Caroline Garcia retires due to back injury in first round of Brisbane International

first_imgCaroline Garcia was forced to retire from her first round match against Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International on Sunday due to a lower back injury.The fourth seed struggled with a back injury last season as well and was seen leaving the court teary eyed on Sunday.The 24-year-old won the first set 6-3 before Cornet claimed the second set 6-3 to force the all-French encounter go into a decider.Garcia was suffering from some discomfort and decided to take a medical timeout before the final set. Following that, she tried to hit a couple of serves before deciding to retire.WATCH”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.”However, she remains hopeful of playing the Australian Open next month.”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.”It’s a sad sight for Garcia as she’s forced to retire from her match with Cornet at the start of the 3rd setGet well soon, Caro! #BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/as94hZHKSE- #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) December 31, 2017Cornet will met Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round after the Croatian, who travels full-time with her daughter, overcame Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-4 4-6 6-0.advertisement”I’m very sorry for Caroline. I know what it’s like to have back pain,” Cornet, who went down to Karolina Pliskova in last year’s final, said in a courtside interview.”I hope she recovers for the next tournament in the Australian Open. I cannot say I’m glad to be through this way, but the adventure continues for me.”Last year, I had a super run to the final and I have very good memories. I hope to go as far as possible.”Elsewhere, seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova beat local favourite Sam Stosur 6-1 6-3, while Ana Konjuh tamed Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2.In the men’s section, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov caused a minor upset with a hard fought victory over sixth seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 7-6(3).(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more