Garbiñe Muguruza, Number 17 in the WTA classification and ninth favorite, she began her journey in the Rome tournament on Tuesday with a firm step, beating the American Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3, 33 in the world and former number 3.

09/15/2020 at 10:07 PM CEST

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Muguruza, semi-finalist in Rome in 2016 and 2017, needed an hour and 21 minutes to add his second win against Stephens in four matches, in a duel played on the central court of the Foro Italico that was interrupted between the first and second mangad because of the rain.

Blazing start

The Spanish player He started the game strong and escaped 5-1 on the scoreboard. He only had a slight downturn at the time of closing the set, but after a reaction from his rival until 5-3 and forgiving four set balls, he managed to win the sleeve.

Rain appears

It was then that the match was interrupted because of the rain that fell in Rome and forced the two players to return to the locker room waiting for the conditions to be given to compete again.

After about an hour of waiting, the game resumed and Garbiñe sentenced it with a new 6-3, by getting two breaks, in the first and in the ninth games, conceding and canceling a single opportunity to ‘break’ to his rival.

The Spanish had a brilliant 72% of first serves and closed the match with a powerful forehand to advance to the second round, in which she will face the young American Coco Gauff, 16 years old and number 53 in the world.

The North American player made her debut in Rome with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and 22 minutes against Tunisian Ons Jabeur.