Bouchard storms into second round

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is through to the second round of the Connecticut Open in New Haven after dispatching Germany’s Annika Beck.

Bouchard, who was given a wildcard entry into the event, was up against a qualifier in Beck, and wasted little time in wrapping up a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

The 22-year-old broke early to race to a 3-0 lead and then survived an important test in the fifth game, saving five break points before going on to make it 4-1.

She earned two more break points with Beck serving at 2-5, converting the second to go one set up.

Two more breaks in the second set saw Bouchard wrap up the match after exactly one hour to move into the second round, where she will face sixth seed Petra Kvitova or Louisa Chirico.

Bouchard’s recent struggles have been well documented, but she has posted some encouraging results in recent weeks, including a third-round appearance at the Rogers Cup in her native Montreal a few weeks ago.

Also advancing on the day were Russian Elena Vesnina and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

Vesnina beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-4, while Garcia defeated Irina-Camelia Begu by the exact same margin.

Others to win their New Haven openers included Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit and Russian Anastasija Sevastova.