STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza eased by American Kayla Day 6-2, 6-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday.
Muguruza, the top seed and fourth-ranked Spaniard, overwhelmed the 17-year-old in under an hour.
”Kayla has just won the US Open in juniors and she’s just very promising, so I knew I had to be concentrated today,” Muguruza said after her first match since Wimbledon.
Muguruza will play No. 5 seed Ana Konjuh, a 7-5, 6-5 winner over Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play, but withdrew with soreness in her left arm. Seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko moved on to face Madison Keys.
The third-seeded Keys rallied past qualifier Caroline Dolehide 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in an all-American match. Keys won four straight games in the second set and made an early break in the third.
Muguruza also highlighted the confidence boost she gained from her Wimbledon title, and hopes to bring her head down from the clouds quickly enough to be a threat during the hard court swing.
“[Wimbledon] is just another tournament,” Muguruza said in her post-match press conference. “I know it might sound weird – because of course winning it gives me confidence – but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to come here and because I just won Wimbledon I think it’s going to be easier to win matches. It’s not at all.
“I’m just working on trying to forget what happened and just starting Stanford. Stanford is my goal, and that’s it.”