Shenzhen: Garbine Muguruza leads seeds' fightback after exodus

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Shenzhen: Garbine Muguruza leads seeds' fightback after exodus

Wednesday's matches at the Shenzhen Open saw the last remaining seeds fight back after Tuesday's day of flame in which both the top-seed, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic and second seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus were ousted in the first and second rounds, respectively.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza led this show of resilience to start the day's play with a 6-1, 7-6(2) win over the US' Shelby Rogers in an hour and 23 minutes. This is now the first time since the 2019 French Open that Muguruza has won back-to-back matches.

In her post-match media interaction, Muguruza shared, "I think she started to play better, and the match was more equal. I was happy that at the end (of) the tiebreak, where it was 50-50, and that I could win the match.

Every match is very important and it's great to start the year here and get as many matches as possible. Every tournament is a challenge, and I'm happy to keep playing." Muguruza will play Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the quarter-finals.

Diyas defeated Russian Anna Blinkova 6-1, 6-7(9), 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes. Joining Muguruza in the last-eight in the top-half are the fifth seed Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia and fourth seed Qiang Wang of China, who will play each other.

Alexandrova defeated China's Shuai Peng 7-6(1), 6-1 in 82 minutes. Wang beat Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(5) in two hours and 10 minutes. The highest seed left in the tournament is Belgium's, Elise Mertens who is seeded third in the draw. Photo Credit: Sebastien Twitter