The home favorite enjoyed success at the Hana-Cupid Japan Women's Open.
WTA Staff
September 11, 2018

HIROSHIMA, Japan - Home favorite Nao Hibino eased into the second round of the Japan Women's Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Eugenie Bouchard.

The 23-year-old did not make it through qualifying at the US Open, falling to the unseeded Katie Swan, but looked on fine form during her straight-sets win against the Canadian.

In contrast, Bouchard had battled through three rounds of qualifying in New York before losing in the second round to Marketa Vondrousova. The 24-year-old then lost in straight sets to Kristie Ahn in the first round in Chicago last week, and had a similar result here.

The pair had met at an ITF event in Vancouver earlier this year, where the Canadian took the first set before falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Hibino is the first Japanese player to pick up a win in Hiroshima so far this year, and said afterwards: "I was a little bit sad, my friends Miyu Kato and Misaki Doi lost yesterday, so I was like, 'I have to win for the Japanese people!'"