2016 Mallorca Open

Bouchard serves up rare victory

Canadian star shines on Spanish island debut

Eugenie Bouchard at #MallorcaOpen

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.”

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