Muguruza entertained a record crowd at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Tuesday night, coming from match point down for to defeat the courageous Daria Kasatkina, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7), in one minute shy of three hours.
"What a match! It was terrible, I was suffering until last moment, but I think we were both playing amazing," Muguruza said in her on-court interview. "The tie break is just a few points where it will be decided. I don't know how I won but I'm glad I did it.
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In a match that ebbed and flowed until the last, Kasatkina came roaring back from 4-1 down in the deciding set only to stumble when she was then presented with the opportunity to serve for it. Muguruza, somehow maintained her composure in the subsequent tie-break, wiping out a match point at 6-7 with a pin-point forehand before eventually dragging her weary limbs across the finishing line.
The previous evening, the Spaniard had been involved in an equally dramatic contest against home favorite Samantha Stosur. By her own admission, it is an atmosphere she revels in.
"I love to play in this type of court when the crowd is so into the match. I like to make them enjoy and suffer like me!"
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In the quarterfinals, Muguruza will face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Destanee Aiava.