Muguruza beats Puig to reach Pan Pacific quarterfinals

Garbine Muguruza of Spain reacts after getting a point to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Magda Linette of Poland during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Magda Linette of Poland during their second round match of the Japan Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after losing a point to Magda Linette of Poland during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Magda Linette of Poland during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns a shot to Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO — Garbine Muguruza began her reign as No. 1 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Monica Puig on Wednesday, earning a spot in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Playing in her first tournament since earning the WTA's top ranking, the Wimbledon champion broke Puig to go up 5-0 in the second set and then won with her third ace of the match.

"I'm happy to win my first match as No. 1," Muguruza said. "I have to be ready and every match is going to be tougher now."

Puig beat Muguruza 6-1, 6-1 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and maintained that momentum early on but Muguruza found her pace by breaking in the opening game of the second set. A stretch of 12 points won in succession formed part of another break as the Spaniard raced out to a 4-0 lead.

"The last time I played her it didn't go my way at all," Muguruza said. "This time, I found a better way to play and got the victory. In the second set, I kind of learned what I did well in the first set."

Muguruza will next face either Kurumi Nara or Caroline Garcia as she takes part in the quarterfinals for the fourth straight year.

Muguruza took over at No. 1 from Karolina Pliskova, who also advanced with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Magda Linette. After coasting through the first set, the Czech player broke her opponent with a backhand to the corner in the sixth game before serving out to win.

The second-seeded Pliskova, who had eight aces against Linette, will next face seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber. Kerber beat Daria Kasatkina 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Also, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia advanced with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Wang Qiang.

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