INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - There was no shock second-round upset for Garbiñe Muguruza at the hands of an American this year in Indian Wells.
The No.20 seed dispatched wildcard Lauren Davis to open Friday's play on Stadium 1, 6-1, 6-3, to begin her tournament with a victory.
Last year, Muguruza stumbled in her opening match against American qualifier Sachia Vickery, losing a 6-2, 3-0 lead in the process, but the two-time major champion proved too much for the former World No.26 to handle in one hour and 36 minutes.
"I'm happy that I went through. It was a tough day and Lauren played very good," Muguruza said on-court after the match.
"I was happy with the concentration. When there's a lot of wind, it's tough to play beautiful...so you have to move your legs a lot and fight."
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A 2017 quarterfinalist, the Spaniard handled the sunny, windy conditions on the tournament's biggest court with aplomb, racing away with the opening set on the scoreboard thanks in part to winning 11 straight points from her second service game onward at 1-1.
In the second set, Davis stayed in touch despite dropping her serve to trail 2-1, saving multiple break points in each of her remaining service games to force the No.20 seed to win the match on her own delivery.
"I think we played good, considering the wind. I was happy with finding my game, even if it's not a day that you can hit the ball and feel great," Muguruza added.
"To be able to constantly do it all the time the match, and find a way to win."
Muguruza saved all three break points she faced in the match, and despite matching the Spaniard in total winners with 13 apiece, the American racked up 33 unforced errors in the windy conditions overall.
Up next for Muguruza will be another former World No.1 and Grand Slam champion, as she'll face the winner of the highly-anticipated clash between No.10 seed Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka.
"I think it's very good match to have. That's the matches that I feel are exciting, that I want to play, that it could be any final. It's early," she said.
"I will be watching. Hopefully it's going to be a good match."