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US Open 2017: Garbine Muguruza eases past Varvara Lepchenko in opener

Women's round-up: Muguruza eases past Lepchenko in US Open first round
By Eurosport

28/08/2017 at 22:58Updated 29/08/2017 at 04:36

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza made a winning start to her US Open campaign with a 6-0 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko at Flushing Meadows.

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The Spanish third seed has never gone beyond the second round of the US Open despite winning the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon last month.

She was never in any trouble on Arthur Ashe against the unseeded American Lepchenko as she completed the victory in one hour and three minutes, hitting 16 winners, more than double her opponent.

She will play the winner of the match between Duan Ying-Ying of China and American qualifier Claire Liu

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13th seed and former world number one Petra Kvitova enjoyed a straight sets 7-5 7-5 win over Jelena Jankovic.

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Kvitota has reached the second round of all three grand slams she has played since returning to action in May, following a lengthy injury layoff.

"We had a few tough battles in the past, and I'm just happy to get through this tricky match," said Kvitova. who lost to the Serbian player as defending Wimbledon champion in the third round at the All England Club in 2015.

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18th seed Caroline Garcia was also a comfortable victor, coming through with a 6-0 6-1 win over Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic in only 57 minutes.

Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki capitalised on 41 unforced errors by Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu to cruise to a 6-1 7-5 win in their first round meeting at the U.S. Open on Monday.

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The win was the former world number one's 100th grand slam match victory.

US Open women's first round results

  • 16-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 7-5 6-1
  • 9-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) 6-3 3-6 6-2
  • Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 7-5 6-1
  • Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 7-5 6-4
  • Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil) 6-2 6-1
  • Zheng Saisai (China) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-1
  • Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) beat 7-Johanna Konta (Britain) 4-6 6-3 6-4
  • Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) beat Irina Begu (Romania) 6-2 7-6(7)
  • Duan Yingying (China) beat Claire Liu (U.S.) 7-6(8) 7-6(3)
  • 30-Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-1 6-0
  • Maria Sakkari (Greece) beat 24-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 6-4
  • Sofia Kenin (U.S.) beat 32-Lauren Davis (U.S.) 7-5 7-5
  • Sachia Vickery (U.S.) beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-1
  • Alize Cornet (France) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-4 6-4
  • Arina Rodionova (Australia) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 7-5 7-5
  • 13-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 7-5 7-5
  • 31-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 6-4
  • 3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-0 6-3
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) beat Anna Zaja (Germany) 6-2 6-3
  • 18-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic) 6-0 6-1
  • Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Misa Eguchi (Japan) 6-2 6-2