Garbine Muguruza won her Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open opener by defeating 50th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 6-4 in the second round, fresh off her semifinal showing at Tokyo, which was her first event since becoming world No.1.
Cruising through the first set, Muguruza took a medical timeout after the seventh game, when Tsurenko approached her from 1-4 to 3-4. After having her left thigh taped, Muguruza continued to slide through the match, earning a crucial break in the third game of the second set, which Tsurenko never recovered from, although she did save a match point, forcing Muguruza to serve out the contest and seal it on her third match point. Muguruza hit 13 winners to 23 unforced errors, while Tsurenko’s stats showed 18 to 32.
In the third round, Muguruza is set to face qualifier Magda Linette, who defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-1 6-2.