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.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018
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.