Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., had to work a little harder than expected, but made it through the first round of the Guadalajara Open on Sunday.

Bouchard advanced to the second round of women’s singles of the Mexican WTA 1000 tournament with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Renata Zarazúa of Mexico City.

Bouchard appeared to be on her way to an easy victory after the first set, but Zarazua found her game in the second set and almost forced a third, but fell short in the tiebreaker.

Bouchard scored five aces in the one hour and 30 minute match, while Zarazúa, who committed three double faults, had no aces.

Bouchard won 43 points on serve, nine games on serve, and won five games in a row at one point.

Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Quebec, will face American qualifier Asia Muhammad on Sunday night.

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Wild card Eugenie Bouchard advances to the second round in Guadalajara

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., defeated Mexican Renata Zarazúa 6-1, 7-6(4) to advance to the second round of the Guadalajara Open.

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