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Muguruza 'not scared' after latest exit

Garbine Muguruza of Spain reacts during the women's singles quarterfinal match against Liudmila Samsonova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on September 23, 2022.  (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
Garbine Muguruza of Spain reacts during the women's singles quarterfinal match against Liudmila Samsonova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on September 23, 2022. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Struggling former world number one Garbine Muguruza said she was "not scared" of her deepening slump after losing in the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Friday. The number three seed lost 6-4, 6-2 to Russia's Liudmila Samsonova to continue a dismal run of results this year for the two-time Grand Slam champion. Muguruza has not managed to string together more than two wins at a tournament and fell out of the world top 10 earlier this month. But she said she had "already recovered" from her latest defeat and was looking forward to her next tournament.


Samsonova will play Zhang Shuai in Saturday's semifinal after the Chinese veteran beat Croatia's Petra Martic 7-5, 6-2.


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