Muguruza powers into quarter-finals
28 Sep 2017 - 1:45
Wuhan, China: World number one Garbine Muguruza powered her way into the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open yesterday, defeating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering clash with Jelena Ostapenko.
The Spaniard dominated the first set, but performed meekly in the second at a hot and humid tournament that has seen all but three seeds crash out.
The 23-year-old number one seed suffered with a poor forehand in the third set but broke her opponent at 4-5 to clinch the third-round tie.
“Today I had a very tough match and had to go out there and fight a lot. The second set didn’t go my way at all,” she told a post-match press conference.
But she said she was “looking forward” to her quarter-final clash with Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open winner, after the Latvian overpowered Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Ostapenko has now won 20 of her last 23 three-set matches, according to the WTA.
“I like to play these matches where the player is playing the best (that they can),” Muguruza added. “It’s going to be a good quarter final.”
Earlier in the day Agnieszka Radwanska suffered an upset 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
Radwanska, seeded nine, looked strong in the first set but lost seven consecutive games to allow her opponent -- ranked 37 in the world -- to take a lead in the third.
The 28-year-old Pole said she was still recovering from a virus that knocked her out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
“After the virus, playing three matches in a row in these conditions is something that I didn’t really handle great,” she said. Barty, who had already downed fifth seed Johanna Konta in the second round, is now in the running to qualify for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.
Radwanska, ranked 13 in the world, was the latest seed to roll at Wuhan after Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki crashed out on Tuesday.
They followed fellow seeds Johanna Konta, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova among others, who all suffered surprise defeats on Monday.