Fed Cup: Muguruza leads Spain to playoff victory vs. Italy
LLEIDA, Spain (AP) Garbine Muguruza cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Roberta Vinci on Sunday, giving Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead against Italy for a spot in the top tier of the Fed Cup.
The fourth-ranked Muguruza had eight aces and didn't concede a single break point to Vinci in the World Group playoff tie on outdoor red clay. She broke Vinci's serve four times at the Lleida Tennis Club in northeastern Spain.
The result keeps Spain in the World Group, following a 4-1 defeat to France in February. Spain had beaten Italy the last time the two teams had met, in 2008.
Muguruza had beaten Francesca Schiavone in two sets on the first day of singles, when Carla Suarez Navarro eased past Vinci 6-1, 6-1.