Muguruza downplays US Open chances

Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza has played down her US Open chances after her opening round win by telling fans courtside that it would take a miracle for her to reach the final.

The 22-year-old struggled against Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens on Monday winning 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 to set up a second round clash against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. 

In three attempts the French Open champion has never progressed beyond the second round at Flushing Meadows and in an interview, after her opening round win, she was not overly confident about her chances in the next two weeks. 

"I think is different. Someone that has reached the last rounds of the tournaments you believe, maybe I can do it again," Muguruza said. "You have more expectations, that's for sure.

"For sure, maybe a lot of people are talking. All this kind of stuff that I cannot control … if I cannot control it, I don't put it in my bag."

In Monday's match, Muguruza did not look herself as she and battled the whole two hours to defeat the 137th-ranked Belgian.

She does not appear to be a big fan of the bright lights and noise of New York being a country girl and will need to focus on her games to avoid leaving the Big Apple early.

"For me, it's difficult during the tournament," said Muguruza. "I felt there's more movement, more noise, more stuff. It's well known also because of the environment and the crowd and the vibes, that feeling that brings New York.

"I think it's also special. There's a lot of people. They're watching you. Maybe it's not as silent as Wimbledon, that everybody is like this, but I enjoy," she added.