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Teenager Bouchard gets Portugal Open debut win

AFP, OEIRAS, Portugal

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made a winning debut at the ATP-WTA Portugal Open on Tuesday as third seed Samantha Stosur’s downward spiral continued with a first-round exit.

The 30-year-old Australian Stosur was beaten in just 72 minutes, going down 6-4, 6-0 to Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky, and will now need to make amends quickly next week in Madrid as the French Open looms.

Stosur was Roland Garros runner-up four years ago and reached a semi-final in 2012, but her best result this season came four months ago when she reached the semi-finals in Hobart.

Second seed Bouchard, who was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, beat Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-1 to reach the second round, winning in 73 minutes.

Bouchard broke five times and made a spectacular recovery on a point in the second set in which she completely lost her footing, but managed to win anyway with some luck and a shot hit while sitting down.

“I thought I was out of the point when I fell, but she hit right back at me,” the world No. 18 said. “For fun, I hit it back and ended up winning. This has never happened to me in my life.”

Bouchard fired four aces and was helped by five double-faults from her opponent, whom she also beat last summer on hard court in Toronto.

“For a first match, it felt pretty solid,” Bouchard said. “I concentrated on serving well and I was happy to be able to do that. I wanted to control the points from my serve. I also tried to take the ball early.”

Bouchard is to next face Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova for a quarter-final place.

Top seed Carla Suarez Navarro recovered from last week’s wrist injury to start with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Alla Kudryavtseva.

Italian fourth seed Roberta Vinci needed three sets to beat Alexandra Cadantu of Romania, while 2012 champion Kaia Kanepi, the Estonian fifth seed, started with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 win over Austrian Yvonne Meusburger.

Russian seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, a quarter-finalist last year, and eighth seed Elena Vesnina are also through.

In men’s play, Portugal’s world No. 243 Rui Machado thrashed fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-0, 6-0, with the Russian unable to explain his collapse.

“I felt like a fish on land. I need to think hard about the state of my tennis and make some serious adjustments. I hope no one has to live through a match like that again,” he said.

Indian Somdev Devvarman defeated Australian Matthew Ebden in straight sets, while there was also a comfortable win for Carlos Berlocq against New York-born Japanese Davis Cup player Taro Daniel.

Two-time champion Albert Montanes won in straight sets against fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

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