Garbine Muguruza speaks on blockbuster US Open third clash versus Victoria Azarenka
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 4779
Former world No. 1 Garbine Muguruza is looking forward to facing three-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka in the third round at Flushing Meadows. Muguruza, now ranked at No. 10 in the world, saw off Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-2 to progress into the US Open third round.
On the other side, Azarenka beat Jasmine Paolini 6-3 7-6 (1) to set up a Muguruza clash. Muguruza and Petkovic are set to clash for the fifth time in their respective careers. The head-to-head record between the two stands at 2-2.
"I'm so looking forward for those type of matches. I think I had two tough matches now, and if I have to play her it's going to be another one. That's the best, just to go out there and play with people that are top level," Muguruza said of facing Azarenka, per WTA Insider.
Muguruza routinely handled Petkovic
Muguruza made a fast start to the match, having claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 3-0 lead. Petkovic got one break back in the fourth game but Muguruza held on to their serve the rest of the set to win the opener.
Muguruza then made a fast start to the second set, having claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 3-0 lead. Muguruza did drop her serve twice in the rest of the second set but she also claimed two more breaks to in the end book a straight-set win.
Petkovic, a former world No. 9, is 33 years old but she is still passionate about the game. "I always told myself as long as I have this tingling sensation when I walk out on court and as long as I lose a match like today and go out and still think it was the greatest thing ever to be out there on Louis Armstrong and play these matches, I still want to play," Petkovic said after losing to Muguruza.