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Safarova Begins Tournoi de Québec On a High

At the end of first round play, seven of the top eight seeds have advanced to the second round of the Tournoi de Québec also known as the National Bank Cup.

Top seed Lucie Safarova dispatched America’s Anna Tatishvili 6-0, 6-1 in just 46 minutes, losing just three points on serve and broke six times in the match to begin her campaign on Tuesday.

After the match, Safarova said “Of course being the No. 1 player there is more pressure, but first rounds can go either way, sometimes you feel great and you’re playing well and sometimes you need a couple matches to get the feel and the right timing. For me, I felt really good on the court today, I hope that continues for my future matches.”

Other seeded players to advance included No.4 seed Tatjana Maria, who came from a break down in the second set to see off Hungary’s Fanny Stollar, 6-2, 7-6(4), while No. 5 seed American Varvara Lepchenko defeated Aleksandra Wozniak.

No.7 seed Alison Van Uytvanck also came from a set down to defeat Canada’s Carol Zhao, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1), while No.8 seed Viktorija Golubic rallied to beat Barbora Krejcikova, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

American wunderkind Sofia Kenin, who recently announced her decision to turn professional after reaching the third round of the US Open before losing to Maria Sharapova, came from a set down to defeat Tereza Martincova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

The home crowd were also elated, as Bianca Andreescu defeated No.6 seed Jennifer Brady, 6-3, 6-2.

Andreescu never faced a break point in the 61-minute victory over the World No.65, ranked exactly 100 places above her.

Françoise Abanda in action

In the late match of the day, Canadian fans witnessed another hometown favourite advanced into the second round, as Françoise Abanda defeated American Asia Muhammad, 6-4, 7-5.

Abanda broke her opponent’s serve four times and never trailed in the match. She’ll face fifth seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, who defeated Aleksandra Wozniak, on Wednesday night.

“It’s a tournoi at home, so I definitely want to do well, I hope to go far. It’s a tournament with a lot of points available so it can help me a lot,” Abanda said after the match.

MATCHES TO WATCH OUT FOR TODAY:
COURT BANQUE NATIONALE

Irina FALCONI (USA) / Fanny STOLLAR (HUN) v Xenia KNOLL (SUI) / Alla KUDRYAVTSEVA (RUS) [3]

Grace MIN (USA) v Tatjana MARIA (GER) [4]

Timea BABOS (HUN) v Naomi BROADY (GBR)

[Q] Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) v Oceane DODIN (FRA) [2]

Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) or Francoise ABANDA (CAN) v Varvara LEPCHENKO (USA) [5]

Naomi BROADY (GBR) / Asia MUHAMMAD (USA) [4] v Marina ERAKOVIC (NZL) / Julia GLUSHKO (ISR)

COURT 1

Desirae KRAWCZYK (USA) / Jamie LOEB (USA) v Taylor TOWNSEND (USA) / Carol ZHAO (CAN)

Anna TATISHVILI (USA) / Sachia VICKERY (USA) v Kaitlyn CHRISTIAN (USA) / Giuliana OLMOS (MEX)

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