There were mixed results for the seeds in today’s action at the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain.
The 5th seed and local favourite, Garbine Muguruza, crashed out after losing to the Swiss player, Timea Bacsinszky 6-1 6-3, while Elina Svitolina, the 11th seed from the Ukraine, lost to Saisai Zheng of China, 2-6 7-6(4) 6-3.
The defending champion and 3rd seed, Simona Halep from Romania, breezed past yesterday’s Prague finalist, Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic with a 6-1 6-2 win.
Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th seed from Denmark, needed three intense sets to see off Monica Niculescu from Romania, 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4.
Samantha Stosur, Coco Vandeweghe, Carla Suarez Navarro and Barbora Strycova also advanced to the next round.