Eugenie Bouchard returned from fighting off flu to register a straight set win at the Mallorca Open against Danka Kovinic – her first grass court victory of the season.
The 22-year-old Canadian sealed a 6-3 7-5 success in 82 minutes, setting the Centre Court alight on the Spanish island.
And the triumph over the little-known Montenegrin was never going to be straightforward, as Kovinic recently claimed a low-tier title on the clay courts in Marseille.
Eastbourne-bound Bouchard stormed into a 3-0 lead then moved ahead 5-2 to within a whisker of capturing the opening set. But Bouchard dropped her service game, only to immediately break back to claim the set after a whirlwind 33 minutes.
Keen Kovinic turned the tables on the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, racing into a shock 3-0 lead.
With Kovinic seemingly in control, Bouchard went for winners that worked wonders and she crept back into the set to finally lead at 6-5.
Serving for the match, Bouchard made no mistake and dropped just one point to earn a confidence-boosting win after her dismal display at last week’s Ricoh Open in the Netherlands.
Bouchard said: “It’s different, to have a Tour spot in a vacation spot here like this.
“On my part I had some big weapons. She had a big serve and can hit big shots, so I felt like I stayed with her when I needed to – but I kept fighting even though I was down in that second set.
“It’s hot here, we’re not used to that when we play on grass, it’s usually cold and rainy countries so this is a refreshing change.”