Muguruza survives scare

 03 Jan 2017 - 21:59

Muguruza  survives scare

AFP

Brisbane: French Open champion Garbine Muguruza (pictured) saved a match point before seeing off Russia's Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the Brisbane International yesterday.
The 23-year-old Spaniard won 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7) over the 19-year-old Kasatkina, who served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, only to be broken by the fourth-seeded Muguruza.
Muguruza then kept her nerve in the tiebreak, holding on to win in just under three hours.
It was her second three-set win in as many days after she edged Australian Samantha Stosur on Monday.
Third seed Czech Karolina Pliskova earlier continued her impressive form when she stormed past US qualifier Asia Muhammad 6-1, 6-4.
However, sixth seed Elina Svitolina was pushed hard by American Shelby Rogers before winning in three sets 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.