Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska opened her New Haven account with a hard earned victory against Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard to move into the quarterfinals.
Radwanska came into the match with a full mastery of Bouchard’s aggressive game, boasting a perfect 3-0 record in the pair previous encounters, each of those wins coming on a different surface.
She continued her dominance in her first match at the Connecticut Open, surviving a late comeback bid from Bouchard with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in an hour and 45 minutes.
Radwanska lamented in her post-match interview, saying “I had so many chances from the beginning of the second set.” “So many 40-15 games, so many break points.
The New Haven quarterfinals will be her third quarterfinal appearance of 2017.
Radwanska will take on No.8 seed Shuai Peng, who eased past Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-3, for a spot in the semifinals.
Peng recovered from a nasty backwards tumble behind the baseline late in the second set to close out the match in one hour and 18 minutes.
Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain took her spot in the second round of the Connecticut Open, after Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova retired from the match due to a right thigh injury, with a final score of 6-4, 4-0, ret.
The only previous meeting between the two took place earlier this year, where Suárez Navarro dispatched Cepelova in the first round of the Australian Open, 6-2, 6-2.
Despite the unfortunate circumstances, it was an important step forward for Suárez Navarro, who has seen her ranking dip from No.12 to No.35 this year, as she has also struggled with injury.
“I start the season with a shoulder injury, so it’s tough for me,” stated Suárez Navarro in an on-court interview after the match.
Navarro will next face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is ranked 20th in the World.