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Muguruza suffers blistering exit to Hsieh

Muguruza suffers blistering exit to Hsieh

Sharapova, who missed last year's Australian Open while serving a 15-month ban for a failed doping test on her previous trip to Melbourne Park, was happy to beat the player who'd ended her run at the US Open last year-her first major since the suspension.

US Open finalist Madison Keys was done and dusted in 41 minutes, opening with four straight aces and winning the first 11 games in her 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The Spaniard responded by winning four of the next five games, but crumbled in the tie-break as Hsieh took it 7-1.

"It's a warm day".

"I did my job in two sets against someone that's been troubling in the past for me", Sharapova said. "I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, it's bad, very, very hot, and it's easy to get blisters and red".

The 17th-seeded Keys, who lost in the U.S. Open final past year to Sloane Stephens, saved three break points serving for the match, finally clinching it on her first match point when Bogdan netted a backhand.

She will play in the third round against Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, who beat Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1. Exactly 10 years after her first second-week appearance in Melbourne, the world number 88 makes her return to the fourth-round with several big-name casualties to her name. "This is the matches I'm looking forward to having, especially at the beginning of the year". "I want to be playing against opponents that have former Grand Slam champions. I want to see where I am on that level".

The two-time Grand Slam champion's struggles continued in the second set, with Hsieh keeping her composure and breaking Muguruza twice on her way to a 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 win.

No. 3-ranked Muguruza was the highest-ranked player to fall so far, but she follows Venus Williams and US Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week.

She certainly handled the furnace-like conditions better than Muguruza, who needed treatment early on for her heat-blistered feet.

Pilskova set up an all-Czech third-round affair with Lucie Safarova, a 6-2 6-4 victor over Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while Sharapova will play fellow former world No.1 and 2016 Open champion Angelique Kerber or Croat Donna Vekic.

"SO impressed with the great effort from @LaurenDavis93 and @Simona_Halep Both deserved to win that match", said Evert, who won the Australian Open in 1982 and 1984.

Hsieh, advancing to face 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round, was delighted with her mental fortitude against a top ranked player.

Muguruza refused to blame the heat, which soared to 39°C, the blister, or a strapped right thigh for her earliest loss in Melbourne since a second-round thrashing by Serena Williams five years ago.

Muguruza suffered injuries in the Brisbane and Sydney warm-up tournaments, and though she appeared to be back on track in the first round it wasn't to last.


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