Eugenie Bouchard scored a much-needed win a week out from the US Open after beating American Lauren Davis in the first round in New Haven.
Bouchard has endured a wretched stretch of form and results since reaching the second round at Roland Garros, winning just one match in five events and going winless on grass three years after reaching the Wimbledon final.
Her 6-1 6-3 win over Davis sets up an intriguing clash with No.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Bouchard will be aiming to score back-to-back wins for the first time since Madrid, a tournament at which she beat Maria Sharapova in one of the most publicised matches of the season.
The Canadian, a former world No.5, has slipped to 74th and owns a win-loss record of just 13-16 this season.
She required a wildcard to enter the main draw at New Haven.
The highest-ranked player to advance on Monday was sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who recovered to beat lucky loser Christina McHale 3-6 6-2 6-4.
Next up for the Russian is either Carla Suarez Navarro or Jana Cepelova.
Three seeds – Kristina Mladenovic, Elena Vesnina and Barbora Strycova – crashed out in the first round of the WTA Premier-level event.
No.4 seed Mladenovic’s 7-5 7-5 loss to Timea Babos saw the Frenchwoman slump to 3-6 in her last nine matches; she’s now lost four matches in a row.
Russian young gun Andrey Rublev has reached the second round of the ATP 250 event in Winston-Salem after a 6-4 6-4 win over Steve Darcis.
Rublev, 14 years younger than the experienced Belgian, won in one hour and 13 minutes to set up a second-round showdown with fellow Next Gen star Hyeon Chung, seeded 13th.
In mid June, Rublev was outside the top 100 but now sits at No.54 after a purple patch of form that included his first ATP title in Umag.
In an all-veteran affair, Andreas Seppi defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 6-2 in his first match since Wimbledon, while qualifiers Kyle Edmund and Martin Fucsovics beat Thomas Fabbiano and wildcard Ernests Gulbis respectively.
In a second-round match, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis accounted for 16th seed Jiri Vesely 6-2 7-6(3) to advance to the last 16, where he will likely meet top seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Bautista Agut plays Serb Dusan Lajovic in the second round on Tuesday.
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