Muchova advances, Zhang ousted in
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[August 20, 2019]
(Reuters) - Czech Republic's
10th seed Karolina Muchova beat Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova 7-5 6-2
to move into the second round of the Bronx Open while fourth seed
Zhang Shuai was knocked out in straight sets on Monday.
Muchova, who reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon
last month, won an incredible 93% of her first serve points. She did
not face a single break point in the match, wrapping up the contest
in 69 minutes.
The 22-year-old Czech will now play American wildcard Kristie Ahn
who beat Switzerland's Jil Teichmann earlier in the day.
Zhang, another Wimbledon quarter-finalist this year, was knocked out
by Germany's Andrea Petkovic, who broke the Chinese five times in a
6-3 6-4 victory.
Petkovic, ranked 55 places below her opponent, regularly attacked
Zhang's second serve with powerful returns. Even though Zhang won
four games in a row in the second set, she was no match for her
Coco Vandeweghe, another American wildcard who was sidelined with an
ankle injury for 10 months until her return to the tour last month,
was knocked out 6-3 6-0 by Russia's Anna Blinkova.
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Czech Republic's Karolina Muchova in action during her quarter final
match against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Carl Recine
Fifth seed Katerina Siniakova advanced at the expense of Wang Yafan
with a straightforward 6-3 6-2 win.
Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu saw off the challenge of Germany's
Laura Siegemund despite dropping the opening set with a 3-6 6-0 6-4
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
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