Muguruza pleased with Moscow start
Garbine Muguruza is through to the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow after marking her first appearance in the competition with a hard fought three-set victory over Tereza Martincova.
The Spanish second seed, who is priced at 12/1 to claim her third Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 against her Czech opponent.
Muguruza made to work
It certainly wasn't a stroll in the park for Muguruza, who was beaten in her opening match at this month's Indian Wells Masters, as she needed two hours and 45 minutes on court before getting the better of Martincova.
The 28-year-old is the sole Spanish representative competing at this week's event in Moscow and she is looking to replicate the achievement of her coach Conchita Martínez, who claimed victory in the tournament back in 1996.
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Muguruza enjoying Moscow trip
Muguruza, who secured her second title of the year at the recent Chicago Fall Tennis Classic, was certainly pleased to squeeze past Martincova and her reward for reaching the last eight will be a clash with Estonia's Anett Kontaveit on Friday.
"I feel happy. It's a first victory of mine in Russia and I'm very excited. It was a very difficult match, and I'm happy to get it," Muguruza told the WTA.
"I think I served well in the third set and I kept attacking and doing my game. I got the break and I managed to hold it until the end."
Top seed Aryna Sabalenka is also through to the quarter-finals at the Luzhniki Palace of Sports after she overcame Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 in what was her first match since the US Open.
Sabalenka, who was beaten by Leylah Fernandez in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, will now face home favourite Ekaterina Alexandrova in the last eight.