Chennai Open 2022: Bouchard open campaign with win over Joanne Zuger

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The
former
world
No.
5,
who
is
on
a
comeback
trail,
began
her
campaign
in
the
WTA
250
tennis
tournament
with
a
7-5,
6-2
win
over
Joanne
Zuger
of
Switzerland.

The
28-year
old
Bouchard
roared
to
a
4-1
lead
after
losing
her
serve
in
the
opening
game
of
the
match
before
letting
her
opponent
back
into
the
set.
It
was
a
set
which
saw
the
two
players
come
up
with
some
good
shots
and
also
numerous
unforced
errors.
She
allowed
Zuger
to
hit
back
after
taking
a
commanding
lead.

“I
lost
focus
after
taking
the
lead,”
said
the
Canadian
player,
after
the
match,
adding
that
it
was
good
to
regain
focus
and
win.

The
Swiss
player,
ranked
167,
bounced
back
after
falling
behind
early,
coming
up
with
some
impressive
shots
on
her
part.
However,
mistakes
at
crucial
junctures
pegged
her
back.

The
former
Wimbledon
finalist
managed
to
snatch
the
tie-break
to
go
a
set
up.
She
had
earlier
saved
a
set
point
at
5-6
with
a
superb
backhand.

In
the
second
set,
Bouchard
raised
her
game
and
won
it
quite
easily
to
secure
her
first
WTA
main
draw
victory
since
March
2021.
She
is
on
a
comeback
trail
after
injury.

In
other
matches,
Katarzyna
Kawa
of
Poland
eliminated
Australian
Astra
Sharma
6-4,
6-3
and
Nao
Hibino
of
Japan
thrashed
Jana
Fett
6-0,
6-4
in
a
battle
of
qualifiers
to
advance
to
the
round
of
16.


Results:


Singles
(1st
round):

Eugenie
Bouchard
(Canada)
beat
Joanne
Zuger
(Switzerland)
7-6,
6-2,
Katarzyna
Kawa
(Poland)
beat
Astra
Sharma
(Australia)
6-4,
6-3;
Nao
Hibino
(Japan)
beat
Jana
Fett
(Croatia)
6-0,
6-4;
Rebecca
Marino
(Canada-X7)
beat
Anna
Blinkova
(Russia)
7-5,
6-2

Source:
PTI

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