Zhang Shuai beats second-seeded Caroline Garcia in Tokyo
Zhang Shuai upset second-seed Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday and third-seeded Garbine Muguruza cruised past Greek qualifier Despina Papamichail 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals.
''I was trying to stay calm. I told myself in the tough moments how I never lose on this court so today I will win,'' she said. ''This is my home tournament so that gave me a lot of motivation. Everything is positive here and that's why I played really well.'' In the opening match of the day, Muguruza, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam singles champion, played an efficient baseline game against Papamichail, ranked 213 in the world, but said it wasn't easy.
''The first match is always difficult, especially as she has already played here and had a good feeling for the court, so I was nervous," said Muguzura, the world No. 12 and the 2021 WTA Finals champion. She received a first-round bye.
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