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Cibulkova & Bouchard Advance In Acapulco

Dominika Cibulkova and Eugenie Bouchard showed off the form that took them far at the Australian Open in winning their Acapulco openers.

Published February 25, 2014 12:13

Cibulkova & Bouchard Advance In Acapulco
Dominika Cibulkova

ACAPULCO, México - Dominika Cibulkova and Eugenie Bouchard, both of whom had spectacular runs at the Australian Open, put some recent struggles behind them with victories in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Tuesday.

Check out pictures of Bouchard's water tennis experience from Monday in Acapulco right here.

The top-seeded Cibulkova converted on all three of her break point chances in her 63 64 triumph over Urszula Radwanska, her third straight win in their series.

"My serve was not 100% today, but I'm pretty happy with the way I played because Urszula is a tricky player and is always hard to play," Cibulkova said.

Cibulkova had lost fought straight matches dating back to her defeat at the hands of Li Na in the Australian Open final.

"I'm happy to win finally after Australia," Cibulkova said. "I'm really happy to get back on track. That's why I came here, to win a couple of matches."

And win or lose from here on out, Cibulkova would like to play many more matches in Acapulco.

"This is my first time here. I want to keep coming back," Cibulkova said. "There are only one or two tournaments in the world like this. The fans are so nice. The venue is just beautiful. I'm in love with the place and the tournament."

The second-seeded Bouchard had not won a main draw match at a WTA event since her semifinal run in Melbourne, but made short work of Shahar Peer in her Acapulco opener, 62 62. Her third win in three matches in their series was the first that didn't go three sets.

Fellow Canadian Sharon Fichman pulled off the day's lone upset, 61 63, over No.5 seed Yvonne Meusburger. Also moving on was No.8 seed Zhang Shuai, who rallied from a 3-0 third set deficit in her 46 61 64 win over qualifier Madison Keys.

Another American qualifier, Victoria Duval, disposed of the only former champion in this year's draw, Iveta Melzer. Her 62 64 victory was her first in a WTA main draw since her upset of No.11 Samantha Stosur in the first round of the US Open last August.

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