INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA
Annika beck battled back from a set down to oust eugenie Bouchard from the bnp Paribas open 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and book a second-round clash with kristina Mladenovic.
"It was a really difficult match, but I've played her twice in the past so I knew what to expect," Beck told WTA Insider after the match. "She's had solid results this year so she had a lot of confidence going into it. I knew first rounds are never easy."
Playing her first match on Indian Wells' massive Stadium 1, Beck got off to a strong start and broke early for a 3-0 lead. Bouchard's usually powerful, big-hitting game was littered with unforced errors, which Beck took full advantage of; in the opening two games Beck had hit just one winner, but found herself up 3-0.
It didn't last long, though - Bouchard righted the ship and kept Beck under pressure, reeling off five games in a row to claim the first set.