PARIS (Reuters) – Garbine Muguruza cruised past French wild card player Fiona Ferro 6-4 6-3 yesterday, booking her place in the French Open third round.
The Spaniard sealed the match with a whipped cross-court forehand, though for much of the match the number three seed struggled to find her rhythm and range on the forehand.
Muguruza, defending champion, had not played 21-year-old Ferro before Thursday’s encounter.
“She’s young and she’s talented,” Muguruza said in a post-match interview on court Suzanne Lenglen. “These matches are very difficult.”
Her form leading up to the clay-court Grand Slam was mixed, exiting the Madrid Open in the third round and suffering a defeat in her opening match of the Rome Open. But she said she felt good in Paris.
“The French Open is the tournament for me. My body is good and my tennis is following,” she said.