WTA Madrid: Garbine Muguruza Faces Early Exit; Azarenka, Kvitova Ease Through

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 | 0


It turned out to be a mixed day for the seeds in women’s singles category at the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday. While some of the big names faced an early exit from the tournament, some didn’t let the upset bug spoil their party.

In-form Victoria Azarenka, the No. 4 seed, brushed aside Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3 6-2 to move on to the third round of the WTA Premier event here. Akin to her first-round battle, Azarenka looked rusty on serve, but held her nerves at crucial junctures to outplay her opponent in one hour and 23 minutes.

5th seed Petra Kvitova also made further progress after pulling off a 6-3 6-3 conquest of Russian journeywoman Elena Vesnina. The fact that Kvitova has never found it easy against Vesnina, made it an exciting second-round affair. But, the Czech shrugged off the challenge in an hour and 15 minutes here.

Among the ones to have been trapped by the upset bug were No. 3 seed Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina (12), Karolina Pliskova (13), Ana Ivanovic (14), and Sloane Stephens (16).

The fourth-ranked Muguruza, who has had a substandard season so far, succumbed to yet another premature exit as she ran out of gas en route a 5-7 7-6 6-3 defeat at the hands of unseeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in a marathon battle that went on for 2 hours and 42 minutes.


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