China Open: Garbine Muguruza Knocked Out -- At 2:31am

Updated: 29 September 2019 09:59 IST

China Open: Garbine Muguruza lost in a match which did not start until nearly 1:00am and concluded at 2:31am on Sunday in Beijing.

China Open: Garbine Muguruza Knocked Out -- At 2:31am
China Open: Garbine Muguruza lost 0-6, 6-2, 2-6 to Sofia Kenin in the 1st round. © AFP

China Open organisers faced questions after two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza lost in a match which did not start until nearly 1:00am and concluded at 2:31am (local time) on Sunday. The Spaniard's conqueror Sofia Kenin said that she felt "mentally drained" following the late-night first-round encounter in Beijing, which the American tennis player won 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. "I obviously started out really well in the first set and I knew that she was going to pick up her game," the 15th seed told the official WTA website.

"I just felt pretty tired, mentally drained, but I'm happy that I somehow found a way to just fight through it."

"The support from the crowd was great, even at 2:30 in the morning, surprisingly," added the Moscow-born Kenin.

Her clash with Garbine Muguruza, 25, who won the 2016 French Open and Wimbledon a year later, was delayed after all four previous matches on the main Diamond Court went to three sets.

AFP has approached the China Open for comment about its scheduling.

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Highlights
  • Garbine Muguruza lost in a match which did not start until nearly 1:00am
  • China Open organisers faced questions after the match finished at 2:31am
  • Spaniard's conqueror Sofia Kenin said that she felt "mentally drained"
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