Bouchard back on the winners list in New Haven, Cibulkova bundled out

Bouchard back on the winners list in New Haven, Cibulkova bundled out

Eugenie Bouchard claimed her first win since July after dismantling Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-1 in the opening round at the Connecticut Open.

Bouchard - the Canadian third seed - overcame Simona Halep in the Wimbledon semi-finals but injuries have plagued her since losing the final to Petra Kvitova last month.

However, the 20-year-old, who withdrew from the Citi Open and lost in the second round in both Montreal and Cincinnati after first-round byes, returned to the WTA Tour winners list with a straight sets demolition of Serbia's Jovanovski in just 52 minutes on Monday.

Bouchard sent down four aces and won six break points as she earned a second-round showdown with Australian wildcard Samantha Stosur, who survived to beat Japan's Kurumi Nara 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (10-12) 6-2 in New Haven.

The head-to-head record between the pair is level at one win apiece.

"I'm looking forward to a battle," Bouchard said.

"We've had tough matches in the past. I know she'll try to take control with her serve and forehand.

"I'm going to look to try to take it early and control the point like I did today and really put pressure on her."

Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki also progressed to the next round.

Wozniacki - the Danish fourth seed - lost the first set but fought back to topple Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky 4-6 6-1 6-2.

There was no such luck for Slovak fifth seed Dominika Cibulkova and seventh-seeded Italian Sara Errani.

Cibulkova crashed out at the hands of Germany's Andrea Petkovic, losing 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Errani, meanwhile, was ousted by Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2 3-6 6-1.

In other results on Monday, Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova accounted for Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4 6-3.

Chinese qualifier Shuai Peng beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina by the same scoreline.

Belgian wildcard Kirsten Flipkens prevailed 6-3 4-6 6-2 against Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi.

Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova emerged victorious against Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, winning 6-4 5-7 6-3 after more than three hours on court.

Meanwhile, French lucky loser Caroline Garcia edged Romanian qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4).

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