Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza OUT of the Australian Open

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza OUT of the Australian Open

The Spaniard responded by winning four of the next five games, but crumbled in the tie-break as Hsieh took it 7-1. "I think mentally for sure they are much better than us, so when we go on the court we have to forget who they are, and to focus on our game", said the 32-year-old.

Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Muguruza followed Venus Williams and US Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week, leaving only Sharapova, Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the draw.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta was more exposed to the heat on an outside court, and lost to US lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5.

Hsieh, advancing to face 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round, was delighted with her mental fortitude against a top ranked player. 'She's definitely a very tricky opponent, and even more if she plays well, ' Muguruza admitted.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta was more exposed to the heat on an outside court and lost to USA lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5.

Pilskova set up an all-Czech third-round affair with Lucie Safarova, a 6-2 6-4 victor over Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while Sharapova will play fellow former world No.1 and 2016 Open champion Angelique Kerber or Croat Donna Vekic.

The third seed, who needed treatment early on for a blister on her left foot, found her heaviest hits coming back in unusual places and, to make matters worse, she was often left flat-footed by Hsieh's punchy and double-handed groundstrokes.

Muguruza the current Wimbledon champion was put away by Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei in what was a battle, but only for Muguruza to try and stay in the match.

Konta saved three match points in the ninth game of the second set, then broke Pera to level at 5-all. "I want to be playing against opponents that have former Grand Slam champions", Sharapova said of a potential match against former No. 1-ranked Kerber. I completely hate them. "She's had success playing out here in these conditions on these courts". "I was checking the tickets to fly back".

The world No 3, who had been in with a chance of returning to the top of the world rankings at the end of the tournament, was beaten 7-6, 6-4 as Hsieh outwitted and outmanoeuvred the Wimbledon champion. "I played one of my best games". "I want to go further than fourth round and I'll give everything to do it for the first time", he said.

Top-seeded Simona Halep served for the match four times before prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 over American Lauren Davis in a marathon match at Rod Laver Arena.

No. 8 Caroline Garcia was the other lone Top 10 victor Thursday, outlasting Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova recorded 31 winners, including 11 aces, to beat fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6) 7-5 in the third round.

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