Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova ease into last 16

Garbine Muguruza and Svetlana Kuznetsova powered into the Round of 16 at Wimbledon after wins over Sorana Cirstea and Polona Hercog respectively.

tennis Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:19 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
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Garbine Muguruza reacts after beating Sorana Cirstea in their Wimbledon round of 32 fixture. (AFP)

London, July 8, 2017 (AFP) - Garbine Muguruza stepped up her bid to return to the Wimbledon final as the world number 15 raced into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Saturday.

Muguruza became the first Spanish woman to reach the Wimbledon title match in 19 years when she was beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 final.

Muguruza, who won her first major title at the French Open last year, is through to the last 16 at Wimbledon for just the second time and has yet to drop a set this year.

She needed only 70 minutes to see off Cirstea and faces world number one Angelique Kerber or American Shelby Rogers for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Cirstea, the world number 63, cut a subdued figure as she returned to singles action following the horrific knee injury suffered by her opponent Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the previous round on Thursday.

Meanwhile, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also made the last 16. She served up a second-set bagel to seal a straight sets 6-4, 6-0 win over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 18:19 IST