Eugenie Bouchard takes her first step towards the main draw in New York

Montreal’s Eugenie Bouchard defeated Japan’s Yuki Naito in two identical sets 6-3 on Tuesday in the first round of the qualifying tournament for the women’s singles at the US Open tennis tournament.

Bouchard, whose last participation in this singles tournament dates back to 2019, won in 91 minutes against the 21-year-old Japanese, ranked 197th in the world.

Bouchard scored two aces and three double faults. She hit 66% of her first serves and won 67% of the points after she lodged her first ball in play.

She also recorded four service breaks in as many attempts, including three in the opening set, and saved five of the six break points she faced.

In the next round, Bouchard has an appointment with Linda Noskova, a 17-year-old Czech ranked 87th in the world.

Noskova is seen as one of the most promising young players on the women’s circuit. In 2021, she won the women’s singles in the junior section of the French Open.

Carol Zhao, the other Canadian entered in the qualifiers, suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to China’s Lin Zhu in the first round.

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