WIMBLEDON champion Garbine Muguruza was among hundreds of passengers disadvantaged when a Qantas flight bound for Brisbane had to turn back to Los Angeles Airport.
Passengers were told that the plane had been losing fuel, a representative of Muguruza told organisers of the Brisbane International, which the Spaniard is playing to open her 2018 tennis season as its top seed.
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Many family and friends of the would-be passengers found when they got to Brisbane International Airport for the scheduled 7.40am (EST) arrival that the flight had been delayed.
Passengers had to disembark the Qantas plane at Los Angeles International Airport. Muguruza is now scheduled to arrive early Friday morning after grabbing some sleep in California.
The loss of 24 hours in transit will not aid Muguruza's acclimatisation in Queensland after a training week in Los Angeles.
But the world No.2 has a first-round bye due to being one of the top two seeds.
The 24-year-old became one of five women to hold the No.1 ranking during 2017 in September, but could not stop Romanian Simona Halep going past her to the year-end top ranking.
"It's been going well and I'll be ready ... you have to train hard for the entire year,'' Muguruza told The Courier Mail from Los Angeles on Sunday.
"I'm bringing a lot of vitamins to Australia because there is the heat problem but I'm looking forward to that. I like playing the tournaments in Australia.''
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