World No. 3 Garbine Muguruza was glad she managed to get the job done in straight sets against 40th-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova in Sydney.
Muguruza, seeded at No. 2, saw off Alexandrova 6-1 7-6 (4) to reach the Sydney quarterfinal.
Muguruza got off to a fast start to the match, having broken Alexandrova twice to comfortably win the opener.
Alexandrova lifted her game at the start of the second set, having taken an early 2-0 lead.
However, Muguruza managed to get the break back and save five set points in the 10th game.
The set went into a tie-break, in which Muguruza realized her fourth match point to book a straight-set win.
Muguruza expected a tougher second set
“I think I started very good, playing the right way, making the shots. I feel she made a couple unforced errors very quickly, so that allowed me to escape in the score and close that first set very quickly,” Muguruza told reporters after the match, per the WTA website.
“The second set was probably was going to be tougher, maybe she started to play better. It got more equal, and I managed to save those set points that were very important and put pressure on her and force the tiebreak, because once you’re in the tiebreak, you feel like anything can happen. I just stood strong there.”
Also, Muguruza weighed in on the Novak Djokovic visa drama.
“Sooner or later we all have to get vaccinated so I don’t know why so much controversy, it’s (Djokovic’s) a show that doesn’t benefit tennis at all,” said Muguruza. “I am vaccinated and I have no problem saying it. The truth is to get into a little dangerous grass, but I am vaccinated and happy to do it, I don’t see why you have to do it differently.”
Muguruza will be fighting against Daria Kasatkina for a place in the Sydney semifinal.