Bouchard eased past eighth-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-0, 6-3 for her first win on clay since 2018 and her second victory in two matches against the Russian. Bouchard, ranked 330th, was given a wild-card entry. The Canadian missed all of February with a wrist injury before the tour was halted in March. She's a former world No. 5 and the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up.
“I’m proud of myself with the way I stayed focused,” Bouchard said. “My rhythm was off on my serve in the first set, so I need to look at that. I’m happy I could find a solution.” An all-Czech first-round match between Kristyna Pliskova and Linda Fruhvirtova had to be supended twice due to thunderstorms with Pliskova leading 3-2. Third-seeded Elise Mertens’ game against Jasmine Paolini didn't start.
Fourth-seeded Dayana Yastremska withdrew from the tournament at the last minute due to tooth pain. No. 2-ranked Simona Halep heads the field. The tournament in Italy last week was the first official event — for men or women — since March. Another WTA event, the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky, began on Monday on hard courts.
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