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Muguruza sometimes looked languid in responding to the challenge of a feisty and hard-working opponent, and occasionally became irritated by the hard windy conditions. I just like to play slice and serve- and-volley. It's kind of nice to have those feels and be more relaxed, which I do not expect. But credit to her.

Muguruza lost in the semifinals here past year but at least gained four useful warmup matches before Wimbledon.

The two-time former Wimbledon champion said: "I always feel happiness when I'm playing on the grass. I think she played well". "Sometimes you fight and get a reward".

"You have to play tricky in these conditions, and I did that, although I admit in that last game I was very nervous".

Earlier, defending champion Petra Kvitova beat Daria Gavrilova, a troublesome opponent in the past, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

The Wimbledon champion won only one game against Strycova past year in her final match before the championships but scythed through the field to a second Grand Slam title.

During Gavrilova's first two service games, she committed four double faults and lost both service games, helping Kvitova to a rampant start.

"The conditions were tough in that wind", Kvitova said.

The 24-year-old will face either Germany's Julia Goerges or Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals on Friday.

"Well, I'm not sure what I like, but every time I play her, I have to play my best tennis and it happen". It is fair to say that the grass court definitely lends itself to her game the most of all surfaces as it reacts well to her slice, allows her to use the variety she has in her game, but what is not mentioned enough is how it gives her serve that little bit more bite that the other surfaces don't.

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