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Australian Open 2022: Muguruza, Swiatek sail into second round; Kvitova suffer upsets

Muguruza and Swiatek wasted little time in breezing into the second round at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Garbiñe Muguruza got off to a winning start in 2022 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over France’s Clara Burel. The No.3 seed Muguruza broke 5 times, and won 7 of 8 games from 3-3 in the first set to take a commanding lead at 6-3, 4-1.

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Muguruza, Swiatek sail into second round; Kvitova suffer upsets

After the match, Muguruza said that she needed to overcome both her opponent and herself to remain perfect in first-round matches at the Australian Open.

“I didn’t know really who I was facing. We’ve never played before. Very tricky,” she said. “You’re always nervous going out there on Rod Laver, which I love, and starting a Grand Slam campaign. I’ve always gone through the first round. [I’m] very happy the way I played and, of course, controlling the nerves.”

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Muguruza will play French player Alizé Cornet.

Iga Swiatek advances into second round

Iga Swiatek reels off 11 straight games to seal a first round victory over Harriet Dart 6-3 6-0. Swiatek, No.7 seed made nine of her 17 unforced errors for the match in the first four games, and finished with 21 winners.

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Muguruza, Swiatek sail into second round; Kvitova suffer upsets

Despite the slow start, she also rounded into form on serve: in her last six service games, Swiatek lost just six points. Three of those came in the last game, as she served out the match from 15-40 down.

Swiatek will go head to head against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson, who was a 6-2, 6-3 winner against wildcard Daria Saville.

Sorana Cirstea upsets the Czech Kvitova for the second straight year

Sorana Cirstea dispatched 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova out of the Australian Open for the second straight year. The Romanian needed only 71 minutes to upset the No.20 seed from the Czech Republic to win a 6-2, 6-2 at the John Cain Arena on Tuesday.

Cirstea will play Kristina Kucova of Slovakia in the second round. Kucova defeated Misaki Doi of Japan 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday.

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