Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Su-Wei Hsieh Stuns Garbine Muguruza in Straight Sets Victory

Su-Wei Hsieh Stuns Garbine Muguruza in Straight Sets Victory

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza struggled with the heat and Hsieh Su-wei's game before losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Day 4 as the upsets intensified at the Australian Open.

The five-time major victor advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova.

The Spaniard had a troubled preparation for the tournament, retiring with cramps in the second round at the Brisbane International and withdrew before her quarterfinal at Sydney because of a right thigh injury. Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza struggled from the start to keep pace with the tenacious 32-year-old whose last WTA Tour singles title came at Guangzhou back in 2012.

A quarter-finalist in Melbourne previous year, the second-round defeat was Muguruza's earliest at the season's opening grand slam since she was beaten at the same stage in 2013.

Hsieh held it together when she served at 5-4, however, as Muguruza joined fellow seeds Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Kristina Mladenovic and Johanna Konta through the exit door. Her frustration could have cost her a default when she swiped a ball dangerously close to a line judge when serving at 5-6 in the opening set. "I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory". As a present, the former world No.1 clinched a third round clash with Maria Sharapova, the only other former Australian Open champion left in the draw.

Bernarda Pera of the USA celebrates her victory during her women's singles second round match against Britain's Johanna Konta on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

She dug in, breaking Hsieh when she served for the match and then saving a match point at 3-5, but two more arrived in the next game and the world number 88 took her chance, holding her arms aloft in delight and disbelief.

"He's always been around me and supported me and was wonderful", she said of McNamee's influence.

Pera will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova, who beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-4.

Also advancing were No. 8 Caroline Garcia, who beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6, and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, who next plays Hsieh.

Meanwhile, top seed Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-2 in an hour and seven minutes despite playing in pain.

Former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova advanced to a third-round match against No. 29 Lucie Safarova.

Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open a year ago but came through today against the 190th-ranked American.

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