Bouchard, Lisicki through in Kuala Lumpur

Third seed Sabine Lisicki and sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard are both safely through to the second round of the BMW Malaysian Open.

Lisicki was not at her best, but still had enough to complete a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Magda Linnette.

Amid sweltering and humid conditions, Linette produced a gutsy performance, frustrating Lisicki with her defence from the baseline.

She even managed to take a 5-2 lead in the second-set tie-break, although Lisicki was able to win the last five points to bring the match to a conclusion.

“She’s a tough opponent, especially for the first round, because she gets a lot of balls back,” Lisicki said. “She started pretty well and I think I needed to get my rhythm. Very tough conditions – very hot and humid – so I’m happy to be through in straight sets.”

Lisicki admitted the conditions were tough to handle.

“I usually get used to the heat pretty quickly and I like it when it’s hot and humid – but here it’s a little bit extreme. It’s good preparation and I’ll try and get as many matches as possible and see how far I can go.”

Bouchard, meanwhile, looked far more comfortable against wild card opponent Zhang Ling of Hong Kong, claiming five breaks of serve on the way to a 6-3, 6-1 win.

The Canadian made her share of unforced errors as well, but Zhang never had the game to seriously trouble Bouchard.

Bouchard is a big draw in Malaysia this week, and she enjoyed meeting some of her younger fans at a shopping mall after finding her own billboard in a store.

In other results from Monday, Hsieh Su-Wei advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jana Cepelova, while Kurumi Nara found herself in a real battle against Daniela Hantuchova, eventually winning 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (12-10).

There were also wins for Kristina Kucova, Barbora Krejcikova, Duan Yingying and Wang Qiang.

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