Unexpected day of upsets in Quebec City as four of the top five seeds and some of the main favourites for the title were ousted in the first round matches of the Coupe Banque Nationale. Defending champion Annika Beck was defeated by Czech lucky loser Barbora Stefkova 2-6 7-5 6-3.
The German, second seed of the tournament, started off the match very well, as she went up 3-0 with a double break and easily close the set by 6-2. The match became tighter in the second set with both players creating a lot of opportunities and having several break points (27 at the end of the match).
Beck missed two match points which eventually turned out to be crucial for the result of the set, taken by Stefkova in the twelfth game. The Czech took advantage of her opponent’s serve also in the third set, where she went up of a break for two times and close the match out in the ninth game.
Fourth seed Julia Goerges was dispatched in two sets by Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4 7-6. The 21-year old from Chelyabinsk suffered from a very slow start, as she found herself down of a break in the first set, but as the match went on she began playing consistently from the baseline.
Down 2-4, the Russian won 8 out of 9 games and went up 6-4 4-1. Goerges tried to regroup and she broke back her opponent in the seventh game, pushing her to the tie-break. It was, however, a one-woman show as the world number 148 closed the tie-break by 7-1 and sealed the qualification to the second round, where she will face Czech qualifier Tereza Martincova, who fought back against fellow countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova, defeating her in three sets.
It didn’t go any better for Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 34-year old, who won here two years ago, was surprisingly ousted by American qualifier Danielle Lao, who took full control of the match from the very early stages to secure a straight sets win.
Lao will now meet Cici Bellis, who won yesterday against Amandine Hesse. Fifth seed Naomi Broady was outlasted by French Oceane Dodin. The British player began on the right note as she grabbed the first set by 6-2 in less than thirty minutes.
Dodin, who was defeated by Broady earlier this year in Madrid, started gaining confidence in the second set, as she took an early break in the first game and went on easily to hold her service games, losing only 4 points in the entire set.
The final set saw a lot of ups and down, with Broady going up 3-0, not without saving 5 break points in the third game, and Dodin regrouping and taking a double break to go up 4-3 and serve. The French seemed to handle the pressure better than her opponent as proven in the tenth game where she first saved a crucial break point and then closed the match out at the first opportunity, winning 2-6 6-4 6-4.
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