Former World No. 1 Muguruza crashes out in 1st round of Australian Open

Published on Jan 17, 2023 08:56 AM IST

The 26th seeded Belgian came back from a set behind to send the 2020 finalist packing by winning the match 3-6 7-6(3) 6-1.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza reacts after a point against Belgium's Elise Mertens during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2023. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --(AFP)
Spain's Garbine Muguruza reacts after a point against Belgium's Elise Mertens during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2023. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --(AFP)

Two-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one Garbine Muguruza crashed out of the Australian Open after losing in first round of women's singles to Elise Martens. The 26th seeded Belgian came back from a set behind to send the 2020 finalist packing by winning the match 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1.

Muguruza started well by taking the first set without much difficulty but in the second the Mertens started to show her mettle. The second round was decided in a tie-break where the 27-year-old prevailed.

She carried the momentum into the decider by beating the former French Open and Wimbledon champion 6-1.

In other results, fourth seed Caroline Garcia cruised into the second round with a 6-3 6-0 win over Canadian qualifier Katherine Sebov. Home favourite Kimberly Birrell, who was granted a main-draw spot after Venus Williams pulled out, produced a stunning comeback to beat 31st seed Kaia Kanepi 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1.

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