Mugu­ruza fin­ishes first Bris­bane match

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BRIS­BANE: French Open cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza fin­ished off a first-round match for the first time at the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional, and ex­tended Sam Sto­sur’s un­happy run in the process with a 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 win. The fourth-seeded Mugu­ruza saved three set points in the first and ral­lied from a break down in the third to fin­ish off in 2 hours, 45 min­utes on a hu­mid af­ter­noon. In two pre­vi­ous trips to the sea­son-open­ing tour­na­ment, Mugu­ruza strug­gled with in­juries and hadn’t com­pleted a match. Mugu­ruza beat Sto­sur in the French Open semi­fi­nals last year and went on to beat then No. 1-ranked Ser­ena Wil­liams in the fi­nal to claim her first ma­jor ti­tle. The loss ex­tended a slump for Sto­sur, the 32-year-old Aus­tralian who hasn’t won a com­pet­i­tive sin­gles match since the first round of the U.S. Open in Septem­ber and hasn’t ad­vanced past the sec­ond round at her home tour­na­ment.

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