Hobart: Former champion Garbine Muguruza starts off with a win



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Hobart: Former champion Garbine Muguruza starts off with a win

The last remaining first-round matches were played at the Hobart International on Tuesday. Starting off the day was wild card Aussie Lizette Cabrera who upset eighth-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and four minutes.

Cabrera will play Kristyna Pliskova, who played and won her opening-round match on Monday. 2014 champion and second seed, Spaniard Garbine Muguruza advanced to the second round. Muguruza, who took a wild card to play the event, defeated China's Yafan Wang in straight sets 6-1, 7-5 in an hour and 35 minutes.

Muguruza led 5-3 in the second set but Wang made a brief comeback before being halted firmly by the two-time Major champion. Muguruza will play Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur in the second round. Jabeur won against Russian Anna Blinkova 6-4, 6-1 in 77 minutes.

Tournament top-seed, Belgium's Elise Mertens won her first-round match against the United States' Christina McHale in the evening session. Mertens claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win in 68 minutes. Mertens, a two-time former champion here, will play Viktoria Kuzmova in the second round.

Fourth-seeded Shuai Zhang of China made a comeback against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 16 minutes. Zhang will play Kateryna Kozlova in the second round. American Cici Bellis defeated Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 in two hours and 50 minutes.

Bellis will take on fifth seed Veronika Kudermetova in the round-of-16. France's Alize Cornet also needed three sets to move past Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. Cornet won 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 in two hours and 13 minutes. Next up for Cornet is the winner between third seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan and Slovakia's Tamara Zidansek.

The two are scheduled to play the last match of the day. Comeback win for Sania Mirza Former world no. 1, India's Sania Mirza made a triumphant return to professional tennis, since her maternity break in 2018. Mirza and her Ukrainian partner, Nadiia Kichenok, seeded fifth in the doubles draw, defeated the Georgian-Japanese duo of Oksana Kalashnikova and Miyu Kato 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-3. Photo Credit: Australian Open