Canada’s former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is on a comeback track, started her campaign at the Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Joan Juger of Switzerland in Chennai on Monday. Bouchard, 28, took a 4-1 lead after losing his serve in the opening game of the match before his opponent went back on the set. It was a set in which both the players made some good shots and also made several unforced errors. He allowed Zuggar to hit back after taking the commanding lead.
“I lost focus after taking the lead,” he said after the match.
The 167th-ranked Swiss quickly bounced back from the trail and made some impressive shots from her side. However, mistakes held him back on crucial occasions.
The former Wimbledon finalist managed to snatch the tie-break to set up. He had earlier saved a set point at 5-6 with a brilliant backhand.
In the second set, Bouchard raised his game and won it easily to secure his first WTA main draw win since March 2021. He is on his way back from injury.
In other matches, Poland’s Katarjina Kawa defeated Australian Astra Sharma 6-4, 6-3 and Japan’s Nao Hibino defeated Jana Fett 6-0, 6-4 in a qualifier fight to enter the Round of 16.
In her best result ever, India’s No. 2 Karman Kaur Thandi defeated No. 8 seed Chloe Paquet of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. He kept his spirits up in the decider against the veteran Frenchman to register a memorable victory in front of an enthusiastic crowd in the city’s first WTA tournament.
Result – Singles (1st Round): Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Joan Juger (Switzerland) 7-6, 6-2, Katarjina Kawa (Poland) beat Astra Sharma (Australia) 6-4, 6-3 defeated; Nao Hibino (Japan) beat Jana Fett (Croatia) 6-0, 6-4; Rebecca Marino (Canada-X7) defeated Anna Blinkova (Russia) 7-5, 6-2.
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