lasts less than an hour as Muguruza races to win
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[August 03, 2017]
(Reuters) - Wimbledon champion
Garbiñe Muguruza dropped just two games in her first match since
last month's All-England Club triumph as she powered past American
Kayla Day at the Stanford Classic on Wednesday.
The Spaniard, who was taken to three sets by the 17-year-old Day at
Indian Wells in March, was a decisive 6-2 6-0 winner at the Taube
Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University, needing less than an
hour to book her place in the quarter-finals.
"I think I learned a lot from that match (at Indian Wells),"
Muguruza said in an on-court interview. "I knew that it was going to
be difficult, so I really trained hard and prepared."
Muguruza used a big serve to set up her booming forehand and took
full advantage of Day's vulnerable second serve. The top-seeded
Spaniard will next face fifth seed Ana Konjuh of Croatia, who
battled past Russia's Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5 6-4.
The 23-year-old said she was doing her best to put the elation of
Wimbledon behind her and focus on the hardcourt season.
"I'm just working on trying to forget what happened and just
starting Stanford. Stanford is my goal and that's it," she told
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American third seed Madison Keys survived a
surprisingly stern test from teenage compatriot Caroline Dolehide to
reach the last eight, rallying from a set down for a 3-6 6-2 6-3
"I think I finally just took a big deep breath, and restarted the
match and settled in a lot more," Keys said after overhauling the
212th-ranked 18-year-old qualifier.
"I wasn't playing great and I turned it around. Things are starting
to look up and I'm really happy about that."
The victory set up a quarter-final meeting with seventh seed Lesia
Tsurenko of Ukraine, who advanced without hitting a ball when
high-profile Russian wild card Maria Sharapova withdrew due to an
(Reporting by Larry Fine in Safety Harbor, Florida; Editing by John
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