Defending champion Dominika Cibulkova stunned by Garbine Muguruza in Stanford


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Defending champion Dominika Cibulkova stunned by Garbine Muguruza in Stanford

Tennis: 6th seed and the defending champion Dominika Cibulkova was stunned by 20-year-old Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.

The Spaniard who had made headlines after shocking Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open, started aggressively and raced to a 4-0 lead against Cibulkova, She took the first set 6-2 and broke early to take a 3-1 lead in the second set but Cibulkova fought back to win the second set 6-4.

In the third set Muguruza broke in the third game and then broke again in the 5th game to go 4-1. Cibulkova got one break back but Muguruza broke back and took the third set 6-2 to move into the second round. After the match Muguruza said, "I've been practicing very hard since Wimbledon.

My game was especially good in the first set, but I was comfortable the whole match. "When you play a girl with a higher ranking, you don't feel pressure. You just go out there and do your best. If you win these kinds of matches, you get more confidence and believe more in yourself. "The courts are really fast here, which helps my game.

I always heard this was a good tournament, so I'm happy to be here." She will face the former world No.5 Daniela Hantuchova, who earned a straight sets 6-3, 6-4 win over Paula Ormaechea. Former world No.1 and wildcard Venus Williams also got through to the second round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the qualifier Paula Kania.

Another former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic registered a 7-6, 6-1 win over 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.

The German recorded the fastest service ever in Women's Tennis during the match.