Following up the end of the US Open, which saw Angelique Kerber taking the glory by both winning her second Grand Slam title of the year and securing the world number one in the rankings, the WTA tour has now moved to Quebec City, for the Coupe Banque Nationale which features Eugenie Bouchard as first seed and German Annika Beck and second seed.
The first day of play saw a positive start for the American players, who scored a consistent 4-1 thanks to the successes of Catherine Bellis, Samantha Crawford, Lauren Davis and Julia Boserup. After a positive result in Flushing Meadows, where she lost in the third round to eventual champion Angelique Kerber, Catherine Bellis started off her campaign on the Canadian soil with a consistent performance over French qualifier Amandine Hesse.
The 17-year old from Atherton kept total control of the match to secure the success with a solid 6-3 6-2 in less than 75 minutes. Eighth seed Samantha Crawford had to struggle for more than two hours to defeat Belgian Yseline Bonaventure.
The American, who was coming from four consecutive defeats in the first round on the North-American hard-courts, seemed to always be in control of the match. In the second set, she was up a break and also had two match points to seal the match.
Once lost the opportunities, Crawford allowed her opponent to bounce back and claim the second set. The American started off the third set very strong, as she broke her opponent in the third game. She immediately lost the serve but gained another break in the seventh game.
That was the key for the match, as she ended up closing the set easily and qualifying for the second round, where she will face fellow countrywoman Lauren Davis. The 23-year old from Boca Raton had an easy task, as she easily disposed of Canadian Carol Zhao 6-3 6-2.
The great day for the US team was completed by Julia Boserup, who beat Swiss Amra Sadikovic 6-1 6-3. In the other matches, seventh seed Evgeniya Rodina defeated American qualifier Jamie Loeb 6-2 6-2, while Alla Kudryavtseva overcame Veronica Cepede 7-5 6-4.
WTA QUEBEC CITY 1st round results Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. Veronica Cepede (PAR) 7-5 6-4
[Q] Lauren Davis (USA) d. [WC] Carol Zhao (CAN) 6-3 6-2
 Samantha Crawford (USA) d. Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4
 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) d.
[Q] Jamie Loeb (USA) 6-2 6-2
Julia Boserup (USA) d. Amra Sadikovic (SUI) 6-1 6-3
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