Aussie Ashleigh Barty tops Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in Miami

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 23, 2017 at 6:35 AM
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Australian Ashleigh Barty advanced to the second round of the Miami Open on Wednesday, topping Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in 2 hours, 5 minutes.

"It was a little bit scratchy today, but I'm happy to come through in the end and get a chance to play a second round here," Barty told the crowd after the match.

Bouchard has lost five matches in a row at Miami.

Barty moves on to face 14th-seeded Samantha Stosur, also of Australia, in the second round.

"It'll be nice to take on Sam, we've practice together a lot in the past even though we've never played against each other," Barty said. "I think I'll have to be very aggressive off the return and try to take the serve away from her."

Bouchard posted 26 winners to 55 unforced errors against Barty's 21 and 40.

"I think I was able to be very aggressive on the returns and use my forehand," Barty said. "I made a few errors as well, but I knew I needed to be aggressive to give myself a chance, and I think I did that today."

In other results on Wednesday: qualifier Taylor Townsend topped fellow American Amanda Anisimova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; qualifier Risa Ozaki of Japan beat American Louisa Chirico 3-6, 7-5, 6-1; Romanian qualifier Patricia Maria Tig beat Great Britain's Heather Watson 7-6 (4), 6-1; Czech Lucie Safarova beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-6 (2), 6-4; and Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic beat Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.

Qualifier Varvara Lepchenko beat fellow American Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-3; Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan beat Serbian Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3); American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Czech Katerina Siniakova 6- 3, 4-6, 6-4; and Qiang Wang of China topped qualifier Donna Vekic of Croatia 0-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay topped Misaki Doi of Japan 6-2, 6-4; American Christina McHale beat German Annika Beck 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-0; Pauline Parmentier beat countrywoman Oceane Dodin of France 6-2, 6-1; Slovakian Jana Cepelova beat Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 6-4; American Madison Brengle beat Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; and Anett Kontaveit of Estonia beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-1.

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