Fernandez, Townsend, Stephens win Guadalajara openers

The Guadalajara Open AKRON kicked off on Sunday and the results rolled with the favorites. 

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2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez dropped just four games to move past Asia Muhammad 6-1, 6-3 in her opener. The win sets up a second-round clash with 13th-seed Elise Mertens. 

Taylor Townsend came through a tough two sets against Australian wild card Ajla Tomljanovic. The American prevailed 7-6(3), 6-4 and will face No.5 seed Belinda Bencic next. 

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2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens closed out the day’s action with a 7-5, 6-4 win over qualifier Ann Li. 

More results from opening day in Guadalajara:

Alycia Parks defeated Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2 and will face top seed Ons Jabeur next. With Guadalajara played at altitude, Parks’ big serve paid dividends. The 22-year-old fired 11 aces. 

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Canadian wild card Eugenie Bouchard earned her first tour-level main-draw win since April, defeating Mexico’s Renata Zarazua 6-1, 7-6(4). Bouchard will face No.7 seed Veronika Kudermetova in the second round. She is bidding to post back-to-back tour-level wins since the Chennai Open last fall. 

Spain’s Cristina Bucsa posted the most dominant win of the day, defeating former World No.10 Kristina Mladenovic 6-0, 6-0. 

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