Garbine Muguruza comes through tough opener in Thailand

Garbine Muguruza in action

Top seed Garbine Muguruza had too much in her locker for Sabine Lisicki as she booked her place in the second round of the Thailand Open.

The two-time Grand Slam winner beat the German 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 19 minutes to set up a clash against Mona Barthel.

“It was a very tough first round,” the Spaniard said after the match. “[Lisicki is] a Grand Slam finalist and she has a very powerful game, the fastest serves. So I’m very happy with this match.”

Second seed Caroline Garcia crashed out as she was beaten by Jennifer Brady with the American qualifier claiming a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory to secure a date with Tamara Zidansek, who was leading 6-0 3-1 when Timea Babos retired.

Fourth seed Zheng Saisai beat Mandy Minella 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-4 while fifth seed Zhang Shuai was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Luksika Kumkhum.

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