Suárez & Muguruza Win In Florianopolis

Carla Suárez Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain's Top 2 players and the Top 2 seeds at the Brasil Tennis Cup, made winning beginnings to their campaigns at the International-level tournament.

Published February 24, 2014 12:13

Suárez & Muguruza Win In Florianopolis
Carla Suárez Navarro

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil - Carla Suárez Navarro came out firing in her opening match of the Brasil Tennis Cup on Monday, storming past Timea Babos in straight sets in an hour and six minutes, 62 62.

Suárez Navarro, the top seed and strong favorite at the International-level event, held seven of her eight service games and broke the Hungarian's serve five times to move through to the second round.

"The conditions here are different depending on whether you play during the day or during the night, and for me it was a really good start today," Suárez Navarro said. "I played really well and I'm happy to be in the second round. I've been playing well and I hope I can keep playing at this level.

"I love this city and I love these courts so it would be nice to play well here!"

Garbiñe Muguruza, the No.2 seed and Suárez Navarro's biggest challenger for the title this week, didn't have such a smooth ride in her opener - after building a 62 31 lead she dropped the second set and found herself having to battle back from 3-1 down in the third set to outdo Vania King, 62 36 75.

"I think Vania played very well today," Muguruza said after the match. "I wasn't playing so well, and the weather was a problem as well, but I was just doing everything I could out there, and I was just thinking to myself that if she's playing this well and wins the match, it's just her day, so don't worry.

"But in the end I was very calm and I think I was just a little bit stronger mentally."

There was one upset on Day 1 of main draw play, with No.4 seed Francesca Schiavone up a break twice in the third set but eventually falling to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 64 16 75. No.5 seed Monica Niculescu, No.6 seed Alexandra Cadantu and No.8 seed Paula Ormaechea all advanced through - Niculescu, the defending champion here, made it past Anna Schmiedlova, 60 46 62.

"It wasn't easy when I saw the draw," Niculescu said. "We played in Shenzhen and it was almost the same, we played 6-3 in the third and a lot of tough rallies. I knew her and I knew it was going to be tough, and I really wanted to get through this match because I knew I'd play better in every match.

"I have a lot of great memories from Florianopolis, so I'm happy I'm still in the tournament."

Other first round winners were Chanelle Scheepers, Yaroslava Shvedova and Dinah Pfizenmaier.

Alison Van Uytvanck, Alexandra Dulgheru and Alizé Lim earned main draw berths with wins in the final round of qualies. Mariana Duque-Mariño, Sesil Karatantcheva and Danka Kovinic qualified Sunday.

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