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Tennis news - Garbine Muguruza falls to Aryna Sabalenka in Beijing second round

Muguruza falls to Sabalenka in Beijing second round
By Reuters

02/10/2018 at 22:22Updated 02/10/2018 at 22:53

Former world number one Garbine Muguruza was beaten 7-5 6-4 by Aryna Sabalenka in the China Open second round on Tuesday while an ailing Jelena Ostapenko lost 6-0 6-0 to Wang Qiang.

Sabalenka, who claimed her second title of the season at the Wuhan Open last week, edged a tight opening set and the Belarusian took control in the next to overpower Spaniard Muguruza and secure victory in an hour and 46 minutes.

Former French Open champion Ostapenko struggled with a wrist injury before losing to local hope Wang in 55 minutes.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns the ball against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during her Women's Singles Second Round match of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 2, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns the ball against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during her Women's Singles Second Round match of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 2, 2018 in Beijing, China.Getty Images

Guangzhou champion Wang, who has won 14 of her last 17 matches, next plays former world number one Karolina Pliskova or Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

World number three Angelique Kerber fought back from 5-3 down in the first set to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(4) 6-1.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates during her Women's Singles Second Round match with Garbine Muguruza of Spain of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 2, 2018 in Beijing, China.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates during her Women's Singles Second Round match with Garbine Muguruza of Spain of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on October 2, 2018 in Beijing, China.Getty Images

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka crushed Danielle Collins 6-1 6-0 to set up a clash with 10th seed Julia Goerges who beat the Japanese the last time they met in Charleston this season.

American Sloane Stephens took advantage of an error-prone display by China's Zheng Saisai to win 6-1 6-3 and set up a clash with Dominika Cibulkova who beat Daria Gavrilova 6-3 6-3.

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