WTA Acapulco: Donna Vekic, Katie Boulter and Monica Puig make winning start


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WTA Acapulco: Donna Vekic, Katie Boulter and Monica Puig make winning start

In the battle of the qualifiers, Beatriz Haddad Maia took down Irina Bara 6-0, 6-2 in 69 minutes, serving at 83% and fending off all four break points to control the scoreboard all the time. Bara never found the rhythm in her games despite a high percentage of the first serve in, losing the opening nine games of the match and allowing the Brazilian to wrap up the triumph after a perfect day at the office for her.

Yafan Wang is also through to the second round, toppling Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 30 minutes, losing just 15 points on serve and dominating on the return to earn 11 break chances and convert five. Wang won eight games in a row from 3-2 in the opening set, opening a commanding lead and bringing the match home in the eighth game of set number two.

After two hours and 34 minutes, Monica Puig defeated the 6th seed Maria Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 in the match with 33 break points! Sakkari had her chances in every set but she failed to make an impact in the crucial points in the decider, wasting all five break points and suffering three breaks to end on the losing side.

The first set lasted for an hour and Puig squandered four set points in games nine and ten before making the crucial move with a break in game 11 and holding at love for a 7-5. Sakkari opened a 3-0 lead in set number two before Puig bounced back to level the score at 4-4, only to lose serve at love in game ten to hand the set to the Greek.

The momentum switched back to the side of Monica in the decider and she won all six games to seal the deal and advance into the last 16. The 3rd seed Donna Vekic ousted Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-3 in 65 minutes, dropping only ten points on serve and dominating on Doi's second serve to notch five breaks from 11 chances.

The Croat claimed the opener in just over 20 minutes and she scored two breaks in set number two for the place in round two. Katie Boulter needed an hour and 25 minutes to defeat Conny Perrin 6-4, 7-5, saving both break points she faced in the third game of the match to keep the pressure Perrin.

The Briton wasted early chances before securing a break in game ten for a 6-4 and they stayed neck and neck in set number two before Katie prevailed with a solid return game at 6-5.