INDIAN WELLS — Despite a comfortable set and 3-0 lead, Garbine Muguruza stumbled out of the BNP Paribas Open in her opening round to qualifier Sachia Vickery, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
"Honestly, probably when I wake up sometime tomorrow my coach will call me and say, 'You just beat Muguruza,' and I'll be like, 'No way,'" Vickery said. "I didn't expect to win because I was down by so much."
It marks the world No. 100's best career win—by a landslide—as she moves into the third round to face fellow dark horse Naomi Osaka.
"I think she really came back playing much better," Muguruza said. "At the game of 3-1, she started playing much better, and she kind of believed a little bit more and start hitting better shots."
Muguruza hadn't lose to a player ranked this low since falling to No. 124-ranked Jana Cepelova at Wimbledon in 2016.