Melbourne - Unheralded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza overcame her nerves to send
former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashing out of the
Australian Open Saturday, continuing her stellar run of form.
20-year-old won her first WTA title with victory over Czech Klara
Zakopalova at this month's Hobart International, an achievement even
more impressive in that she was a qualifier.
She didn't drop a
set from the qualifiers to the final and has stayed on a roll at
Melbourne Park, coming from a set down to send the 10th-seeded Wozniacki
packing 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
"I worked really hard in the off-season
and this form is the result of that," she said, admitting she was
nervous in her first ever Grand Slam third round match.
really nervous, it was the third round of a Grand Slam and against a
great player. I was only thinking about being aggressive and not being
Wozniacki, recently engaged to golf star Rory McIlroy,
remains in search of a first major title despite finishing both 2010 and
2011 as world number one.
She said there were no excuses against Muguruza and she simply failed to take her opportunities.
it happens, you just don't take your chances. I don't think I did
anything particularly wrong," she said. "I thought she played some great
tennis, as well. It was just a bit unlucky."
Muguruza's reward is
a fourth-round clash with Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who
came through three sets against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
"I will play the same against her," said Muguruza. "I'll be aggressive and just try to do my best."
Hobart win saw her sprint up the rankings to a career-best 38, after
she recovered from right ankle surgery after Wimbledon that sidelined
her for the rest of the year.
Wozniacki tipped her to be force in the future.
definitely she's a good player, she has beaten good players before,"
she said. "She's on a roll. I think we'll see a lot of her in the