Rome Results: Eugenie Bouchard Ousts Jelena Jankovic; Kei Nishikori, David Ferrer Survive

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 | 0


Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard prevailed in a grueling first-set encounter over Japanese veteran Jelena Jankovic, winning 6-4 2-6 6-3 at the Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday. The battle was full of service breaks, with both opponent’s breaking each other’s serve seven times apiece. Bouchard, however, was the better of the two at crucial junctures as she avoided another early exit here.

Last year’s runner-up Daria Gavrilova continued her love affair with the tournament as she dumped Wimbledon champion Sabine Lisicki 6-1 7-6 in the opening-round battle that went on for one hour and 22 minutes. Next up for her awaits a stern challenge in sixth seed Simona Halep, who pulled off the Mutua Madrid Open title last week.

Elsewhere, ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia served 9 aces en route a 7-5 6-4 conquest of French journeywoman Caroline Garcia. 11th seed Timea Bacsinszky put up a dominating display of serve to make light work of Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2 6-2. Australia’s Samantha Stosur also got her campaign off to a winning start following a come-from-behind victory against Americam qualifier Alison Riske, prevailing 4-6 7-6 6-1 in a marathon clash that lasted two hours and 10 minutes.

In the men’s singles category, 6th seed Kei Nishikori survived a scare from Serbia’s Viktor Troicki as he rallied from a set down to clinch a 5-7 6-2 6-3 triumph here. After putting up a dismal performance in the first set, the Japanese star appeared at his usual best by not offering any break point opportunities on serve to eventually progress in just less than two hours.

Tomas Berdych, the No. 8 seed, was on song on his way to a 6-3 6-4 conquest of Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The Czech powerhouse saved all of his seven service break points, and managed to go through his opponent’s serve once each in both sets to cruise for a routine victory in the second round here. Up next, he will either meet 12th seed Daviod Goffin or Jack Sock.

9th seed David Ferrer also managed to keep the upset bug at bay after he beat 203rd-ranked Filippo Volandri 4-6 7-5 6-1 in the opening-round battle. Moving on, he’s been scheduled to square-off against fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who ousted Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-6 in the first round on Monday here.




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