Aussies in cruise control in Wuhan Open

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

Muguruza will next face Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic, who defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Australia s top two brushed aside their first-round opponents at the Wuhan Open on Monday, with straight-sets victories in the $2.7-million tournament for both Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova.

Gavrilova withstood a flurry of early winners from the 2017 French Open champion but then broke Ostapenko's serve five times to prevail in one hour and 26 minutes.

The world number 33, who represented Russian Federation until emigrating to Australia in 2015, dismissed the Latvian 10th seed 6-2, 6-4 to complete one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far, reports Efe.

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Barbora Strýcová of Czech Republic ousted Alizé Cornet of France 6-3, 6-2, while Slovakia's Dominika Cibulková got past Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-4, 6-3. In addition to $500,000 in prize money, the victor will also lock down 900 points.

In other matches on Monday, the 18th-ranked Madison Keys of the United States defeated China s Wang Yafan, and 14th-seed Garbine Muguruza eased past Belgium s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 6-0. Croatia's Vekic faces Anett Kontaveit next.

American Coco Vandeweghe was forced to retire from her match with Donna Vekic after injuring her right ankle while trailing 6-4, 3-6, 2-1.

Barty will play Chinese wildcard Saisai Zheng in the next round.

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