Canadian Eugenie Bouchard wins in 1st round at ASB Classic

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard

ASB Classic drawcard Eugenie Bouchard has breezed through the tournament's first round, defeating the USA's Madison Brengle in straight sets.

The first match between Monica Puig and wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands gets underway at 3pm. Puig will face Su-Wei Hsieh or Polona Hercog in the second round.

Bouchard is the second match on centre court against American Madison Brengle.

The American, WTAtennis.com reported, planned to visit Stewart Island for a fishing trip and to take a clinic at Waihopai Tennis Club in Ivercargill, the most southerly tennis club in the world.

The former Wimbledon finalist, looking to begin her resurgence on the women's tour after dropping to 87 on world rankings, recovered some of her best form in a convincing win.

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Former world number five and Wimbledon finalist Bouchard accounted for American Brengle 6-3 6-3 in Auckland on Monday. The Westmount, Que., native shot to an early 3-0 lead in the first set, dropped serve on a couple of unforced errors then picked up momentum again and quickly closed out the set.

The Canadian went on to take the second set by an identical scoreline, converting six of 10 break point opportunities and maintaining a 68% first serve percentage throughout the decisive win.

The 6-3, 6-3 win ensures the 24-year-old safe passage through to the second round and a showdown with either Alison Van Uytvanck or qualifier Bibiane Schoofs.

Davis will face the victor of the blockbuster clash on day two between former world number ones Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.

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