Mladenovic, Bouchard progress in Washington

Second seed Kristina Mladenovic defeated Germany’s Tatjana Maria in three sets to move into the second round of the Washington Open on Wednesday.

Mladenovic was made to work by Maria as she eventually overcame her opponent 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a second round matchup against Canadian wildcard Bianca Andreescu.

Other seeds to progress included Mladenovic’s compatriot and fifth seed Oceane Dodin, who defeated Italy’s Sara Errani in a second-round tie to progress to the quarter-finals, while sixth ranked Monica Nicelescu beat Nao Hibino of Japan in a third-set tie break.

Ekaterina Makarova, progressed into round two after defeating Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in straight sets.

Unseeded Eugenie Bouchard moved into the second round with a 7-6 (6), 6-0 win over eighth seed Christina McHale.

Following a tightly contested first set, Bouchard converted three of six break points in the second set to seal the win, her first since Wimbledon as she ended a four-match losing streak.

Bouchard wrapped up the win in one hour 38 minutes and will now play Germany’s Andrea Petkovic.

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