All eyes are on Garbine Muguruza this week, with the Spaniard on the cusp of securing her place in the Singapore finals. Muguruza’s the top-seed this week in Linz, with two other Singapore hopefuls, Madison Keys (seventh in the Race to Singapore) and Dominika Cibulkova (ninth in the Race) also featuring in the 32-woman draw.
Moving away from the Singapore qualification story-line, a quarter of first round matches took place on Monday. Here’s a recap of the day’s action: Swiss Viktorija Golubic was responsible for one of the two upsets of the day.
She defeated eighth seed Laura Siegemund in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 35 minutes. Golubic had a first serve percentage of 69% to the German’s 65% and won 75% points off her first serves to Siegemund’s 62%.
Siegemund did well to save 10 of the 14 break points on her serve, but the four that she wasn’t able to save proved to be instrumental in her ouster. Golubic now awaits the winner between wild card Barbara Haas and Julia Georges in the second round.
Sixth seed Kiki Bertens was upset by Sorana Cirstea, who won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 an hour and eight minutes. Cirstea converted six of the 10 break points she had on Bertens’ serve and won 75% of her first serve points.
She will next face a qualifier in either Kristyna Pliskova or Oceane Dodin. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded fifth came through against Anastasija Sevastova. The Russian won 6-4, 6-1 in 58 minutes and will face either qualifier Mandy Minella or Kirsten Flipkens in the second round.
Pavlyuchenkova won 88% points off her first serves to the Latvian’s 63% and didn’t face a single break point on her serve. She also converted four break points on Sevastova’s serve. Brief Scores Summary  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def.
Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 6-4, 6-1
Viktorija Golubic (SUI) def.  Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-4, 6-2
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) def.  Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-4, 6-2
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