Muguruza to face Garcia in his Cincinnati debut

The French will be the first rival of the Spanish in the WTA 1,000 in Cincinnati after defeating Sloane Stephens in a match that ended at 2:10 in the morning local time.


Garbiñe Muguruza had to wait until 2:10 on Wednesday local time to find out who will be his first rival in the WTA 1,000 in Cincinnati. Finally Muguruza, who is exempt to the second round as the eighth seed, will make her debut in the tournament against the French Caroline Garcia, who reached the final table from the previous phase, and who beat the American Sloane Stephens in three sets by 7-6 (7), 4-6 and 6-4 after a battle of 2 hours and 33 minutes that ended at dawn in Cincinnati after a day marked by rain.

The match began with both players very solid on serve without giving themselves break opportunities until, in the eighth game, Garcia broke Stephens' serve to get 5-3 and serve although the American managed to return the break and save a set ball in the twelfth game to force the tie-break. In the tiebreaker, Stephens reached 0-4 and had up to four set points, but Garcia was more solid and took the first set 9-7 in the tie-break.

In the second set Garcia put the direct with a new break in the third game. However, Stephens did not give up so easily and broke the Frenchman's serve twice in a row to take this second set 6-4 and force the third set. In the final round, both tennis players showed themselves seamlessly on serve until in the tenth game Garcia broke Stephens' serve and then took advantage of his service to close the set and the match with the second match ball that he had 6-4 and Meet Garbiñe Muguruza in the second round of Cincinnati.

The favorites pass without problems and Giorgi says goodbye

In the rest of the results of the women's day there were no big surprises. The Olympic champion Belinda Bencic beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-3 and 7-5 in the re-edition of the Tokyo Games final, and Victoria Azarenka did not go too hard to defeat Liudmila Samsonova (6-2 and 6- 3) .

More problems had to pass the Romanian Simona Halep, who managed to overcome the Polish Magda Linette 6-4, 3-6 and 6-1 in her first victory after being away from the slopes for almost three months. The Czech Karolina Muchova also went to three sets to defeat Johanna Konta (3-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-2), and the Tunisian Ons Jabeur to defeat Kontaveit (6-2, 4-6 and 7-5). For her part, Coco Gauff easily beat the Taiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh (6-1 and 6-2) and will be Naomi Osaka's first rival in Cincinnati.

The big surprise of the day was the defeat of the Italian Camila Giorgi, brand new champion of the Canadian WTA 1,000 in Montreal, who fell in straight sets against the American Jessica Pegula by a double 6-2.

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