Muguruza falls to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei

Third seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was sent packing from the Australian Open on Thursday, losing in straight sets to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.

The Spaniard started slowly and soon found herself 5-2 down in the opener, before battling back to level matters.

After a crucial hold for Hsieh in the 11th game, it eventually went to a tie-break with the 82nd ranked Taiwanese hitting several winners to take the tie-breaker 7-1.

Hsieh continued her strong form into the second set, breaking Muguruza twice to lead 5-2, but the double grand slam champion fought back again, breaking the Taiwanese as she served for the match.

But Hsieh wasn’t to be denied a second time as she served out the match to claim a deserved 7-6, 6-4 victory.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova enjoyed no such worries as she easily beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.

The former world number one surrendered just two games as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory in just 44 minutes.

Angeligue Kerber also progressed with a straight sets win over Croatia’s Donna Vekic.

The 2016 champion dominated proceedings as she wrapped up a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

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