Eugenie Bouchard has made a winning start to her campaign at ITF Oeiras after beating 109th-ranked Diane Parry. Bouchard, who received a main draw wildcard into Oeiras, saw off Parry 6-2 6-4 to progress into the round-of-16.
In the first game of the match, Parry broke Bouchard. Down by an early break, Bouchard impressive responded as the Canadian earned back-to-back breaks in the second and fourth games and led 4-1 through the first five games.
In the eighth game - when Parry was serving to stay in the first set - Bouchard broke the Frenchwoman again to seal the opener. After losing the first set, Parry was twice up by a break early in the second set. However, Bouchard was able to both times recover as the two players were tied to four games apiece after the first eight games of the second set.
In the ninth game, Bouchard saved a break point to open a 5-4 lead. In the 10th game - when Parry was serving to stay in the match - Bouchard broke the Frenchwoman to complete a two-set win.
Bouchard through to the Oeiras round-of-16
Bouchard plays next against the winner of the match between Danka Kovinic and Oceane Dodin.
In her pre-tournament press conference in Oeiras, Bouchard underlined that she came to win the tournament. Bouchard was out for 17 months before returning to action in August. Bouchard, 29, is motivated to make some noise before she walks away from pro tennis.
“Of course [I see myself fighting for title again and winning]. I feel like I wouldn't put in all this time and effort if I didn't still believe that. It's a lot to come back from injuries, takes a lot of patience, a lot of time, a lot of energy and life is short.
I am doing it because I think I still can. If I didn't, I would be having babies or something else,” Bouchard noted.
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