Muguruza Makes Florianopolis QFs
Published February 25, 2014 12:13
After going down an early break in the first set against Chanelle Scheepers on Tuesday, Muguruza won 11 of the next 12 games for a 62 61 triumph in 58 minutes that saw her convert on five of six break point opportunities. The Spanish No.2, who is also seeded second this week behind Spanish No.1 Carla Suárez Navarro, improved to 15-3 in WTA matches this season - a season that has already seen her capture her first WTA title in Hobart.
"We both had a nervous start to the match," Muguruza said. "Then I started to play much better and didn't give her many chances. I'm just glad I was able to win before the rain came so I don't have to play tomorrow."
Advancing to their first WTA quarterfinals of the year were No.6 seed Alexandra Cadantu and Yaroslava Shvedova. Cadantu beat Dinah Pfizenmaier, 62 63, and Shvedova was a 62 75 victor over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Zakopalova made her second WTA final of the year in Rio, where she fell in three sets to Kurumi Nara on Sunday. She also reached the semifinals of the doubles alongside Zahlavova Strycova, so fatigue in Florianopolis wouldn't have been a surprise. But the third-seeded Zakopalova, who turned 32 on Monday, continued her momentum from last week with a 63 63 defeat of Donna Vekic, who at 17 was the youngest player in the draw this week.
"I feel a little bit tired, of course," Zakopalova said. "I'm very happy that I beat Donna because she's a very good and talented player. It's a good win and I'm looking forward to the next match."
Zakopalova talked about her success in the humid conditions that have been on display during Brazil's two WTA stops.
"The conditions are very tough for me because I don't like the heat very much," Zakopalova said. "But so far I'm very satisfied because I was in the final last week and I'm still in the draw here. Maybe I've done well because I like the place or the people. They are very nice to me."
Though Zakopalova didn't have time for a birthday bash, she did allow herself a low-key celebration.
"I had a very nice dinner in the evening with my coach and Zahlavova Strycova," Zakopalova said. "I had filet mignon. It was very good."
Pereira, who made her second WTA semifinal in Rio before falling to Zakopalova, was a 64 63 winner over No.7 seed María-Teresa Torró-Flor.