Third round displayed a very tough match for Sarita, who – after defeating Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets (6-1, 7-6(5)) faced the Spaniard Garbine Muguruza – n.21 seed in the 2015 Miami Open draw.
Match records state Muguruza has got a 2-1 advantage – also thanks to last fight won on Sydney’s hardcourts where the Spanish showed up on court with a machine gun instead of a regular racquet. Sara treasured the Australian lesson though, and came out as winner this time after a 2-hours clash: she initially took the lead, 3-1 and later 4-2 in the first set but still let her guard down too early so Muguruza could catch a break in the 8th game, get her grip back and pull out the strike to get set (4-6).
Again, Sara learnt the lesson for her own sake and didn’t make the same mistake twice. So as soon as the match started back she broke Muguruza’s serve and brilliantly kept her focus until the end to level the match (6-4). Eventually, altough the Spanish was the first to pressure, Sara got the lead back at 3-1 inducing her opponent to finally lose her bearings and surrender after a decisive 8-points winning streak (6-1).
After 2 years Sarita is back into the last-sixteen stage of the Miami Open. Once again, unfortunately, she is awaited by an old and fearful acquaintance, Sabine Lisicki, who determined her elimination from Indian Wells’ Premier just a week ago.