QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA - No.2 seed Petra Martic kept up her winning streak with a sixth straight victory to kick off the Coupe Banque Nationale, dispatching Great Britain's Naomi Broady, 6-1, 6-1.
"I think it was a great match, especially for the first round," Martic said after the match. "I only got one practice prior to the tournament on this surface, so I wasn't sure how it was going to look. But I'm really happy with my performance."
The Croat comes to Québec City high on confidence after capturing her first WTA singles title of any kind at the WTA 125K Oracle Challenger Series event in Chicago, and needed just 54 minutes to dismiss the big-serving Brit on Court Banque Nationale on Wednesday.
"It definitely helped my confidence, and it's what also helped me adjust to today better. I'm really on a good roll, and I hope to continue like this."
Playing on Québec City's lightening quick carpet courts, Martic dropped just five points behind her first serve and converted five of 10 break point opportunities. Broady, a semifinalist at this event back in 2015, struck four aces but struggled with both first and second serves, and went zero for three on break point chances throughout the match.
"It's very different because the ball doesn't bounce that high. It's tough to move because it's a bit slippery. It's not a very usual surface; we don't play much on it. So far, so good."
Up next for Martic is former World No.35 Olga Govortsova, who recently came back to tennis after having a baby.
"I know she was out for a while, so I haven't seen her in a really long time. I know she was a good player, and still is, so it's going to for sure be a tough match."