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Australian Open: No. 3 seed Muguruza knocked out by ‘super focused’ Cornet

/ 03:18 PM January 20, 2022
Spain's Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against France's Alize Cornet

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in action during her second round match against France’s Alize Cornet REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

MELBOURNE—Former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza crashed out of the Australian Open on Thursday as she succumbed to a surprise second round 6-3 6-3 loss to France’s Alize Cornet.

Cornet gave the Spanish number three seed little respite throughout her straight sets win to advance to the next round, where she will face either Heather Watson or Tamara Zidansek.

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“I feel amazing and I think I played a great match out there today,” said Cornet.

France's Alize Cornet celebrates winning her second round match against Spain's Garbine Muguruza

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 20, 2022 France’s Alize Cornet celebrates winning her second round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

“My state of mind was perfect, I was super focused on what I had to do.

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“I felt like in a bubble and you always have to play a super good match to beat Garbine as she’s such a fighter.”

Cornet made a rapid start, securing an early break and kept Muruguza, the 2020 Australian Open runner-up, under constant pressure to close out the set.

It was a similar story in the second set, even as Muguruza attempted to fight back, but a series of unforced errors and Cornet’s determination saw the Frenchwoman close out the match.

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