World no. 15 and no. 1 seed, Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain has defeated Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in straight sets 6-3 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Toyota Thailand Open.
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Photo: Garbine Muguruza of Spain plays a forehand. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Lisicki had two chances to break Muguruza’s serve in the opening game, but she was unable to convert either of her break points as she hit the ball into the net on one, and Muguruza saved the other with a cross-court forehand winner. Games then went with serve until Muguruza was leading 3-2.
After the fifth game, Lisicki requested her coach to get his opinion on what she should do to take the lead, but it didn’t seem to help her, as she faced two break points in the next game. Muguruza broke the German’s serve with a backhand winner to lead 4-2, and then held to love in the next game, putting her one game away from winning the first set.
She had the chance to close out the set at 5-2 when a double fault by Lisicki brought up a set point, but the German hit a powerful 188km/h body serve to Muguruza that she returned into the net. Lisicki was able to hold her serve, forcing Muguruza to have to serve for the set. The Spaniard hit a backhand winner to bring up two set points, and she won the set when Lisicki returned a serve long.
In the second set, Lisicki sent a backhand into the net which brought up a break point for Muguruza in the third game; however, it was saved when a ball off Lisicki’s forehand clipped the net and bounced onto the Spaniard’s side too close to the net for Muguruza to get to in time.
In the seventh game, two break points were brought up for Muguruza when Lisicki hit a forehand into the net. One was saved when Muguruza hit a backhand long, but then the German hit a forehand long, giving Muguruza the lead 3-4.
Muguruza served out the set in the tenth game, earning two set points with a forehand winner. Lisicki retuned the next serve long, giving Muguruza the match.
Lisicki, a former world no. 12, was able to pressure the Spaniard, playing a lot better than her current ranking of 199 reflects. Both players hit 15 winners throughout the match, but Lisicki made twice the number of unforced errors (13 to 26), and Muguruza was able to step it up in the crucial moments, which cost the German the match.
In the second round, Muguruza will face another German, Mona Barthel. The world no. 84 defeated Fiona Ferro 6-1 1-6 6-4.