Strycova beats Wimbledon champ Muguruza

Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot during her tennis match against Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova during the Nature Valley Classic at Edgbaston Priory, Birmingham, England, Thursday June 21, 2018. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza's preparations for the defense of her big title took a blow when she lost in the second round of the Birmingham Classic on Thursday.

Her conqueror by 6-2, 6-4 was Barbora Strycova, a tenacious Czech with a good record at this tournament, but not yet a Grand Slam contender and languishing several places outside the world top 20.

Muguruza sometimes looked languid in responding to the challenge of a feisty and hard-working opponent, and occasionally became irritated by the difficult windy conditions.

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