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Garbine Muguruza beats Caroline Garcia, sails into Pan Pacific Open semis

Garbine Muguruza, who climbed to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, hardly broke sweat against Caroline Garcia, ranked 20th in the world, on her way to victory in an hour and 20 minutes.

tennis Updated: Sep 22, 2017 16:09 IST
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Garbine Muguruza,Caroline Garcia,Pan Pacific Open
Garbine Muguruza of Spain celebrates her win over Caroline Garcia of France at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.(AFP)

World number one Garbine Muguruza put on a clinical display to power past Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-4 in the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals in Tokyo on Friday.

The 23-year-old Wimbledon champion, who climbed to the top of the WTA rankings on Monday, hardly broke sweat against the Frenchwoman, ranked 20th in the world, on her way to victory in an hour and 20 minutes.

Muguruza took a 2-1 lead in the first set after an early break and continued to dominate until midway through the second, nullifying Garcia’s serve twice more as she looked to close out the contest quickly.

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Garcia, however, staged a mini-revival when she converted her only break-point opportunity in the sixth game of the second but the Spaniard regained control of the contest with another break in the very next game.

The 2016 French Open winner will face either defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the last four.

First Published: Sep 22, 2017 16:09 IST