Garbine Muguruza extracted revenge for her Australian Open finals loss a year ago to Sofia Kenin as she knocked the American out in the quarter-finals of the Yarra Valley Open on Friday.
Spain’s former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner returned to the court after all play was cancelled on Thursday to test more than 500 players and staff after a positive reading for a worker at the main Australian Open player hotel.
With everyone coming up negative, play at the various Open run-up events at Melbourne Park kicked into gear with the Grand Slam beginning on Monday.
Muguruza lost to Kenin in three sets for the women’s title here in 2020 but took charge 6-2, 6-2 in the latest meeting.
The Spaniard pounded 10 aces and broke five times in the 73-minute contest.
“I’m very happy with my level,” the winner said. “I wanted to play this match. I wanted to play against her again since the last loss was still a thorn in my side.”
Muguruza will aim for the final against Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Saturday.
“I don’t know if this performance will help me for the Australian Open, I’m not looking past tomorrows match.”
Muguruza said that submitting to Thursday’s surprise quarantine day was a minor shock to the system.
“Yesterday was a weird day, I couldn’t get out of the room. But I was looking forward to this match.
“At least I got to play because it was a difficult day on the weather forecast (rain, storms) so I was happy to go early and play and of course very happy about my match.”