Muguruza shrugs off rain delay to make quarters

Garbine Muguruza

HONG KONG — Garbine Muguruza shrugged off a rain delay to sweep through to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open Wednesday in confident style.

The Spanish former Wimbledon and French Open champion brushed aside Romania's Ana Bogdan with the loss of only three games to underline her status as one of the tournament favorites.

Torrential downpours delayed the start of play by more than four hours and the world number 13 did not come out on court until 10.21pm, but said she had remained focused on the game during the extended build-up.

"It really was a long day, a long wait, at some point I thought I was maybe not going to play," said the relieved fourth seed, after winning 6-2, 6-1.

"I think you have to think you're going to play, the moment you think you're not going to play you relax too much and it's harder to connect."

Earlier, eighth seed Alize Cornet went down to Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum after a drama-filled clash which saw both players struggle to hold their serve.

The France world No. 44 — who lost in a third-set tiebreak after almost three hours on court — said: "It was a crazy match, the scenario was turning around all the time, in the first set we couldn't keep our serves, in the second we couldn't break."

Kristina Kucova, who caused an upset Monday after she knocked out Jelena Ostapenko, glided through her match with Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-0.

"I'm very happy with the wins and it gives me a lot of confidence," Kucova said.

"It was very difficult because we were supposed to play at 3pm, and every half an hour the supervisor postponed it. We didn't know how long it would rain but it was the same conditions for both of us." — AFP