Spain's Garbine Muguruza celebrates after victory against France's Jessika Ponchet during their women's singles first round match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2018. (/ AFP / Greg Wood /)
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Muguruza wore heavy strapping on her injured right thigh as she laboured to a 6-4, 6-3 victory against wildcard Jessika Ponchet in the Australian Open first round Tuesday.The world number three took an hour and 24 minutes to quell the virtually unknown 21-year-old French world number 256 .A quarter-finalist in Melbourne last year, Spain's Muguruza dropped her first service game but from there battled back to take the first set in 43 minutes.The two-time Grand Slam winner is in the same half of the draw as world number one Simona Halep and is projected to face another Frenchwoman, number eight seed Caroline Garcia, in the quarters.
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