Halep progresses as Cibulkova and Bouchard get stunned in Topshelf Open debut!


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Halep progresses as Cibulkova and Bouchard get stunned in Topshelf Open debut!

Tennis: Top seed Simona Halep cruised into the second round but second seed Dominika Cibulkova and third seed Eugenie Bouchard was ousted in the first round of Topshelf Open in Hertogenbosch.

French Open finalist and world No.3 had a fine start to her grass court season as she breezed past Olga Govortsova of Belarus in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. The World No.110 Govortsova had come into the main round as a qualifier.

Eugenie Bouchard, who reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and French Open did not have an impressive start to the grass court campaign. The 20-year-old Canadian had joked and vowed to break Roger Federer's record of reaching most consecutive semifinals but it looks difficult for her to reach Wimbledon semifinals now, as she lost to Vania King in the first match.

Bouchard won the first set 6-2 but lost next two 6-3, 6-3 to bow out of the tournament. Second seed Dominka Cibulova, who had reached the final of the Australian Open, also lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 against Yaroslava Shvedova.