Muguruza Ousts Cibulkova From Stanford

WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza beat No.6 seed and defending Bank of the West champ Dominika Cibulkova, the highest seed to exit Stanford so far.

Published July 29, 2014 12:14


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STANFORD, CA, USA - No stranger to upset wins, WTA Rising Star Garbiñe Muguruza upended defending champion and No.6 seed Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday.

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The Plot
Cibulkova was playing for the first time since her third round loss to Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon. She usually plays her best on hardcourts, as all four of her WTA titles have come on the surface.

The 20-year-old Muguruza was also playing for the first time since Wimbledon, where she lost in the first round to CoCo Vandeweghe.

The Turning Point
Muguruza raced out to a 6-2, 3-1 lead but then Cibulkova found her form and rallied to win the second set. However, Cibulkova quickly regained the momentum in the third, taking a 4-1, two-break lead en route to her 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory.

By The Numbers
Muguruza was eight of 12 on break points against World No.12 Cibulkova in collecting her eighth Top 20 win. One of those was a straight set defeat of Cibulkova in their lone previous clash at 's-Hertogenbosch in 2013. Of course, her biggest win came over World No.1 Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open earlier this year.

"I've been practicing very hard since Wimbledon," Muguruza said. "My game was especially good in the first set, but I was comfortable the whole match.

"When you play a girl with a higher ranking, you don't feel pressure. You just go out there and do your best. If you win these kinds of matches, you get more confidence and believe more in yourself.

"The courts are really fast here, which helps my game. I always heard this was a good tournament, so I'm happy to be here."

What's Next
Muguruza has her maiden encounter with Daniela Hantuchova, who was a straight set winner over Paula Ormaechea.

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