Garbine Muguruza emerged as a favourite to win the Italian Open after beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko to reach the third round after world number one Angelique Kerber had earlier bowed out to Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit.
Spaniard Muguruza, the third seed, will need to sharpen up though after enduring a terrible start against 50th ranked teenager Ostapenko before the reigning French Open champion flicked the switch and won 2-6 6-2 6-1.
Fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova also fell to Russian Ekaterina Makarova 1-6 6-1 6-3 to leave the draw wide open.
American veteran Venus Williams proved more reliable with a 6-4 6-3 victory over …read more
Source: Daily News & Analysis