WASHINGTON DC, USA - American Lauren Davis recorded a solid opening victory at the Citi Open over former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, dropping just three games en route to the second round.
Davis was contesting her first match since Wimbledon, where the American lucky loser recorded a major upset over defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.
Taking on the Canadian in a late night clash, Davis reeled off five games in a row in the opening set and four in a row in the second set to record the 6-1, 6-2 victory.
“It feels really good to be back here, I love coming back here every year,” Davis told the WTA afterwards. “I’m used to the heat and the humidity, so the conditions have not really been an issue.”
It was Bouchard who took the early initiative against Davis, applying the pressure and building up a 40-0 lead on the American’s first service game. Bouchard held four break chances in total but Davis rallied all the way back to hold.
That would turn out to be Bouchard’s only look at break points in the rest of the match as Davis’ aggressive game finally found its rhythm. Davis reeled off the next four games in a row to grab a 5-0 lead, and served out the set with confidence, 6-1.
Davis continued her relentless pace in the second set, where she reeled off the first four games in a row to create a 4-0 lead. Bouchard finally got her name on the scoreboard with a pair of strong service holds, but she couldn’t put the Davis serve under pressure. The American closed it out, 6-1, 6-2, in exactly 60 minutes to reach the second round.
“[I knew I just needed] to execute my game plan, and that’s exactly what I did,” Davis said. “I wasn’t afraid at all. So I’m really happy with that today.”
Up next, Davis will take on No.3 seed Sofia Kenin in an all-American second round. Kenin took down countrywoman Jennifer Brady 6-2, 6-4 earlier in the day to advance.
“I’m going to prepare for that match just like any other way I prepare,” she said. “I’m going to train tomorrow and relax, do stuff I enjoy outside of tennis. I’ll let the rest take care of itself.”