Solid start for Donna Vekic and Katie Boulter, but Maria Sakkari out
Third seed Donna Vekic made a blistering start to the Mexican Open as Katie Boulter also advanced in straight sets.
Croatian Vekic bagelled Misaki Doi from Japan in the opening set and eventually ran out a 6-0, 6-3 winner in just over an hour as she broke three times in the first set and twice n the second.
British No 2 Boulter had to work a bit harder for her victory as she beat Conny Perrin 6-4, 7-5 to book her place in the second round.
Boulter broke in game 10 of the opening set and in game 12 of the second set to earn a routine win.
Sixth seed Maria Sakkari was the biggest casualty of the day as the Greek suffered a 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 defeat at the hands of reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig.
.@MonicaAce93 outlasts Sakkari, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0!
— WTA (@WTA) February 26, 2019
In a titanic battle that lasted two hours and 34 minutes, Sakkari dug deep in the second set to take it to a decider, but then collapsed completely in the final set.
Yafan Wang also advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marie Bouzkova while Beatriz Haddad Maia beat Irina Bara 6-0, 6-2.
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