The morning session saw two more top-10 seeds depart from the women’s singles draw. In the evening, yet another player seeded in the top-10, top-five, in fact, dropped out of the tournament entirely. Garbine Muguruza upset fifth seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 in 67 minutes to make it to the second round.
Muguruza who struggled in her opening two rounds had no problems against the Ukrainian. She put in just 56% first serves to Svitolina’s 77% but won 84% points off her first service to Svitolina’s 53%. The former Australian Open quarter-finalist also saved both break points she faced while converting four of the 13 opportunities she had on Svitolina’s serve.
31 winners and nine unforced errors for a total of 61 points completed Muguruza’s ruthless showing even as Svitolina struggled with 12 winners and unforced errors each, for a total of 36 points for the match. Muguruza next faces ninth seed Kiki Bertens who survived the exiting of top seeds, in her night-session match.
Bertens defeated Zarina Diyas 6-2, 7-6(3) in their third-round match. This is the first time Bertens has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open. Sixteenth seed Elise Mertens brought down the curtains on Cici Bellis’ resurgence at Melbourne Park.
The Belgian won 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will meet the fourth seed Simona Halep in the pre-quarters. Photo Credit: Aus Open Twitter