Strycova upsets Muguruza, Zhang CONTINUES miracle run


Third seed Garbine Muguruza couldn’t find her rhythm against Barbora Strycova and the Czech recorded an upset victory which took her to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time, while Zhang Shuai unbelievably continued to progress, this time stunning Varvara Lepchenko in straight sets.

Barbora Strycova Australian Open 2016

The world No.48 Strycova capitalized on her outstanding tactical game, forced Muguruza to run, while the Spaniard couldn’t get into the groove with her movement and her game in general. Strycova won the match 6-3 6-2, converting all the four break point chances she earned, while Muguruza made use of just one of five. At game, set, match, Strycova stayed collected and peacefully lifted her left hand.

Barbora Strycova Australian Open 2016 2

Strycova will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round. The Belarusian has a 4-0 head-to-head record against Strycova and on top of that, she hasn’t lost a set ever since coming to Australia in December. But Strycova is smart and is not being stressing about her upcoming match earlier than necessary: “I will enjoy myself first, because I just beat the No.3 in the world.”

Shuai Zhang - 2016 Australian Open -D3M_5319-2

Unbelievably, Zhang Shuai is not stopping! The Chinese had never before in her long career won a single Grand Slam match in the main draw and now she’s made the fourth round of the Australian Open, without dropping a set! On Saturday, Zhang upset the world No.51 Lepchenko, losing just four games to the American, 6-1 6-3.


Zhang is currently ranked 133rd, but will now crack the Top 100. More precisely, she’s projected to rise to No.95. And that’s not all. If she wins her upcoming encounter with Madison Keys, Zhang will even become China’s No.1 player, overcoming Zheng Saisai.


  1. I am really disappointed with Garbi. I saw this match on ESPN and she looked so she didn’t want to be there. There was no pumping her fist or bouncing around on court between points. I hope her plantar fasciitis didn’t flare up. Congrats to Zhang Shuai; hope her dream run continues, but it will be tough against Madison Keys in the next round. BTW, not usually a fan of it, but did like the floral print on black Lotto dress on Varvara Lepchenko.

  2. If you are familiar with the behavior of top ranked players, when you see how Garbine was playing in this match you can be 100% certain that some serious physical condition was hindering her. In Grand Slam tennis, you try to play even when something is hurting. In this case there was more than a bit of hurt. Get well Garbine…


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