Double Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza crushed Romanian lucky loser Patricia Maria Tig 6-1, 6-2 for a place in the second round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday
Spain’s three-time semi-finalist at the Foro Italico earned her win in a match played in drizzle, prelude to the rain which interrupted play in late afternoon..
The 64th-ranked Tig committed 24 unforced errors in defeat while former No. 1 Muguruza broke six of eight times and fired 20 winners.
“It wasn’t an easy week because I had to retire from Madrid,” Muguruza said. “It was a little bit disappointing to my spirit.
“I tried to recover from Charleston (injury) to be ready for Madrid. It didn’t happen. Yeah
“We did work with my physios and my team. I feel better now. I’m happy with the way I played, I feel better.”
Last month’s Charleston champion Veronika Kudermetova dominated with 40 winners in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 fightback over 14th seed Elise Mertens.
Madison Keys won a contest with fellow American Sloane Stephens – a re-run of the 2017 US Open final won by Stephens – advancing to the second round 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in two and a half hours.
The winner got by despite 56 unforced errors, not quite counter-balanced by her 37 winners.
Stephens was competing as a qualifying lucky loser for only the second time in her career after Estoril 2012.
France’s Kristina Mladenovic – another lucky loser – put out 10th seed Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2 after losing to the Swiss in the Madrid first round,
Main photo:-Garbine Muguruza wins first round match 6-1,6-2 ©WTATennis.com