RECAP: Bouchard Rolls, Wozniacki Wins in Three, Petkovic Moves On


Monday’s slate at the 2014 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies featured an exciting set of matches and plenty of story lines, highlighted by the New Haven debut of Genie Bouchard and an evening session led by four-time Champion Caroline Wozniacki. See below for a recap of Monday’s match-ups.

Wozniacki Moves Forward:
Four-time Champion Wozniacki started slow, but the Dane won 12 of the last 15 games to defeat Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round. Wozniacki moves on to face hard-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi in the second round.

On playing well in New Haven: “The crowd is nice, the court suits me well and the atmosphere is just very good. It almost just feels like a second home.”

Petkovic Takes Down Cibulkova:
Andrea Petkovic bettered Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to the second round at the Connecticut Open. Petkovic, the World No. 19, moves on to face fellow Wildcard Kirsten Flipkens.

MORE: Draws & Order of Play

Bouchard Impressive:
Third-seed Genie Bouchard made quick work of Bojana Jovanovski in the first round of the 2014 Connecticut Open, dispatching the Serb 6-1, 6-1 in 52 minutes. The 20-year-old Canadian got off to a fast start, bolting to a 5-0 in the first set and never looked back. She then proceeded to blast four aces in the deciding set to move into the next round where she will face Sam Stosur.

On her play today and health: “I was happy to play solid and keep my level up the whole match and get my first win since Wimbledon. I really haven’t been healthy since Wimbledon, so it’s been a struggle. It’s a work in progress but I can still play.”

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Stosur Survives Mara:
This match was virtually deadlocked through two sets, with neither player giving an inch or gain a significant edge, but Stosur was able to pull away in the third to defeat Kurumi Nari 7-6(5), 6-7(10), 6-2. Mara gave the 2011 US Open Champion all she could handle, surviving a marathon second set to push a third, but the Australian was too much to handle in the final frame.

On her match with Nari: “If you can win every match easily and not be tested, then that’s fantastic. But that doesn’t really happen in this world. Anytime you can battle through a match like that, it’s certainly great for your confidence. I guess it’s everything that you’ve worked on in practice, and then it happens in matches. To come out like that, it’s a really great feeling, and I’m happy about that.”

Rybarikova has Date with Halep:
Magdalena Rybarikova will meet top-seed Simona Halep in the second round after defeating qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 6-3 on Monday. The Slovak faces a tall order against the World No. 2, who advanced to the French Open finals, Wimbledon semifinals and Australian Open quarterfinals this year.

Flipkens Shuns Doi:
After brief stints in New Haven in her two previous trips, Wildcard Kirsten Flipkens is sticking around after a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 win over Misaki Doi. The Belgian awaits the winner of Cibulkova-Petkovic, who take to Stadium Court following Wozniacki-Bacsinszky.

Lucky Loser is Big Winner:
Lucky Loser Caroline Garcia is making the best of her second chances. After losing to Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday she regained entry into the draw following the withdrawal of Carla Suarez Navarro, only to find herself in a rematch with Begu on Monday afternoon. The Frenchwoman was able to capitalize on her good-fortune, defeating the Romanian 7-6(4), 7-6(4) to move into a second round tilt with Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

Zahlavova-Strycova Halts Bencic:
Young Swiss Belinda Bencic made quite the run through the qualifying draw, but her streak was ended at the hands of Zahlavova-Strycova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 on Monday afternoon. Bencic did not go away easily, pushing the Czech to three sets, but Strycova pulled away in the third set for the win.

MORE: 5 Minutes With… Belinda Bencic

Muguruza Bounces Seventh-Seeded Errani:
World No. 26 Garbine Muguruza upset Sara Errani, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, in the first round of the 2014 Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies. The Spaniard pounced early on the seventh-seeded Italian, but Errani evened the odds in the second set. However, Muguruza was too much in the third, defeating the World No. 14 6-1 in the decisive frame and moves on to face Shaui Peng in the second round.

Qualifier Peng Erases Svitolina:
Peng picked up right where she left off in the qualifying draw, as the World No. 40 scored another impressive win in New Haven. Peng, one of the top doubles players in the world, defeated Elena Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 on Stadium Court.

Doubles Roundup:
Casey Dellacqua and Stephanie Voegele bounced duo Oksana Kalashnikova and Alicja Rosolska, 7-6(3), 6-1, to advance to the second round of doubles play. Dellacqua and Voegele will face Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa in the second round. Additionally, Caroline Garcia and Monica Niculescu defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Klara Koukalova 6-0, 7-5 (12), and Anabel Media Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova took down Shahar Peer and Katarzyna Piter 6-4, 6-1.

More: Doubles Draw

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