Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova each seemed to be in distinctive type in reaching the last-16 of the Charleston Open within the US.
Two-time Grand Slam winner Muguruza made mild work of Poland’s Magdalena Frech, easing into the subsequent spherical with a 6-1, 6-3 victory to earn a shot at eleventh seed Yulia Putintseva.
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“I’m completely happy that I obtained this win, that I fought exhausting, that I stored my combating spirit by means of the entire match, additionally within the second set which was tighter than the primary set,” Muguruza mentioned after the match.
“I’m happy with that, quite simple.”
She was adopted on court docket by double Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who had a sterner take a look at in opposition to Australian Storm Sanders, needing a tie-break to win the primary set earlier than wrapping up the second in routine vogue, taking it 6-2.
Coco Gauff, taking part in a spherical behind, was in demolition mode in opposition to former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova, needing simply 72 minutes to beat the Bulgarian 6-3, 6-0 to guide her place within the spherical of 32.
Sloane Stephens picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Xinyu Wang, whereas Ons Jabeur, Anastasija Sevastova and Shelby Rogers additionally joined her within the second spherical.
World primary Ashleigh Barty begins her marketing campaign later in opposition to Japan’s Misaki Doi in a packed schedule on day 5.
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