Muguruza powers into round of 16 at Cincinnati
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[August 16, 2017]
(Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza got
her final U.S. Open tune-up event off to a flying start as the
Wimbledon champion stormed by Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad
Maia 6-2 6-0 to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on
Second seed Simona Halep overcame an early deficit to beat American
qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4 6-1 and also reach the third round,
while Venus Williams beat Alison Riske 6-2 6-0 to advance to the
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was upset 6-4 6-2 in the first
round by unseeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and Agnieszka Radwanska,
seeded 10th, was another to suffer an early exit, losing 6-4 6-4 to
German Julia Gorges.
Spanish fourth seed Muguruza, fresh off a quarter-finals loss to
eventual winner Elina Svitolina at Toronto last week, needed only 65
minutes to earn the straight sets win over Haddad Maia and book her
spot in the round of 16.
After trading breaks with Haddad Maia over the course of the first
four games, Muguruza found another gear and went on to win the final
10 games of the match.
"I felt like a lot of games were super tight. She's super tall, big
serve with big shots. It was a strange result, because the match was
pretty good," said world number six Muguruza.
"I feel like yesterday I was playing on the grass, and now I'm here.
I'm happy to be in the third round here."
Muguruza now awaits the winner of Wednesday's clash between American
16th seed Madison Keys and Russian Daria Kasatkina.
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Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a ball to Elina Svitolina of
Ukraine (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at
Aviva Centre. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Romanian Halep, the 2015 Cincinnati runner-up, fell
behind early but reeled off four consecutive games, including two
love service holds, to clinch the opening set and remained in
control the rest of the way.
Halep will next face Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, who earlier
rallied to beat China's Peng Shuai 3-6 6-4 6-2.
Williams was aggressive from the start and only got better as the
match went on, stepping in and finishing rallies at the net.
Fashion-conscious Williams' biggest struggle on the court may have
been with her jewelry after her hoop earring fell off at one point
and later got tangled with her necklace.
The win set up a second round match-up against Australian Ashleigh
Barty, who beat American Varvara Lepchenko earlier on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by
Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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