The opening day of main-draw action at the Prague Open was rained off and the only completed singles match is wildcard Eugenie Bouchard‘s emphatic 6-0 6-3 victory over Russian eighth seed Veronika Kudermetova. Three matches from the final round of qualifying also managed to complete, while the rest of the schedule has been postponed because of heavy rain.
The former world No.5 Bouchard, currently ranked 330th, seems to have wisely used her time off, as the Canadian scored her first clay-court victory since 2018 and she did that without dropping serve. Is this just the beginning of a career reset for Bouchard, who has recently started working with coach Rennae Stubbs?
One thing is certain, the 26-year-old Bouchard is happy to get back to work:
I’m so grateful to have a job and have this opportunity. You appreciate things more when they’re taken from you. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my level. I played better than I expected. I just wanted to be there mentally no matter what.
Marta Kostyuk qualified for the main draw with a double-bagel win over Storm Sanders. Lesia Tsurenko and Mayar Sherif also victoriously completed their matches in the final round of qualifying.
Jimmie48 is taking us to the Prague Open through his extensive photo coverage. In the gallery below you will see photos of all Monday’s action, including the opening ceremony and matches that will continue tomorrow.
In addition, Jimmie48 met with Czech Petra Kvitova, who’s a member of the club there and stopped by just to say hello even though she’s not competing this week. We have one photo of masked-up Dayana Yastremska, who withdrew from the tournament because of dental issues.
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