Ninth seed Muguruza falls in straight sets in Birmingham

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Garbine Muguruza became the second seed to lose on Monday at the AEGON Classic, with a disastrous performance in defeat to Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour.

Muguruza was playing her first match since the French Open and looked poor from the get go, dropping serve early on the way to finding herself in a 1-4 deficit. The Spaniard struggled to have answers for Rybarikova’s game in the early stages, making countless errors.  A two game spurt reduced to the deficit to 4-3 but from then on it was all Rybarikova.

Muguruza’s struggles continued in the second set, hitting just 3 winners to a sizable 15 unforced errors just to confirm it was not her day. Rybarikova remained solid amongst Muguruza’s meltdown, dropping just one point on her first serve in the second set, part of the reason for her closing out the match with eighth of the last nine games.

It was a far from ideal beginning to Muguruza’s preparation for Wimbledon but she will move on to the AEGON International in Eastbourne before then. Meanwhile, Rybarikova’s reward for taking out the ninth seed is a clash with Bojana Jovanovski or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Despite never winning a main draw match at Wimbledon in seven attempts, Rybarikova’s record on grass is impressive, going 21-8 outside of SW19.

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