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Machado Blanks Tursunov; Bouchard, Suarez-Navarro Win Openers in Oeiras

Local bet Rui Machado blanks No.5 seed Tursunov. Photo April 29 2014 Oeiras – Portuguese wild card Rui Machado completed a 6-0, 6-0 rout of fifth seed Dmitry Tursunov in the first round of the Portugal Open on Tuesday in Oeiras.


The 243rd-ranked Machado converted all six of his break point chances and limited the Russian to just seven service points won during the 47-minute match. He recorded his 25th tour-level victory and his first in main draw action since two years ago at this tournament.


Machado, 30, will look to reach the quarter-finals for a second time on home soil when he next meets Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The qualifier beat Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 6-1.


Portuguese No. 1 Joao Sousa, meanwhile, fell in his first-round match against Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer. The sixth-seeded Sousa failed to hold onto his lead in a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 loss in just under two hours. Teymuraz Gabashvili, who last week upset David Ferrer en route to the Barcelona quarter-finals, became the third seeded player to bow out on Tuesday. The seventh seed lost to Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 7-5.


India’s Somdev Devvarman set a second-round meeting with top seed Tomas Berdych after defeating Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-3. Berdych will be making his first appearance in Portugal since his tournament debut in 2005.

Eugenie Bouchard. Credit Arturo Velazquez April 29 2014 Oeiras, Portugal - Eugenie Bouchard began her European clay court season with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova at the Portugal Open.


Bouchard has been one of the breakthrough acts of the 2014 season, soaring up the rankings thanks to a series of mature performances that have belied her tender years. The most recent of these came on the green clay of Charleston earlier this month, where she defeated Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic en route to the semifinals


Carla Suárez Navarro made a winning start to her Portugal Open campaign on Tuesday, cruising past Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in straight sets in 58 minutes, 6-1, 6-2. Suárez Navarro, the No.1 seed at the International-level event, won 10 of 11 games right out of the gates to go up 6-1, 4-0, and the two kept holding serve from there until she closed the match out.


This is Suárez Navarro's third time being the No.1 seed at a WTA-level event, her first two coming at Fès in 2010 (where she fell second round) and at Florianopolis this year (making the semifinals). Next up for Suárez Navarro is Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who battled two and a half hours to get by Romina Oprandi, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Oprandi had just made her first WTA final last week in Marrakech.


Qualifier Timea Bacsinszky caused the first major upset of this year's Portugal Open when she knocked out No.3 seed Samantha Stosur. After finishing 2013 with a flourish, Stosur has struggled for form in the opening months of the new campaign, arriving for her first engagement of the European clay court season having not won back-to-back matches since the Australian Open. Unlike Stosur, Bacsinszky has been chalking up the wins lately, a number of deep runs on the ITF Circuit edging her ranking back towards the Top 100 following a succession of injury-plagued years.

Portugal Open Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Apr 29

Lukasz Kubot beat 7-Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3 7-5        

Leonardo Mayer beat 6-Joao Sousa 3-6 6-1 6-2      

Victor Hanescu beat Radu Albot 3-6 6-4 6-4           

Albert Montanes beat Roberto Carballes 7-6(4) 6-3        

Pablo Cuevas beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov 4-6 6-3 6-4

Rui Machado beat 5-Dmitry Tursunov 6-0 6-0           

Daniel Gimeno-Traver beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4 6-1  

Carlos Berlocq beat Taro Daniel 6-3 6-2              

Somdev Devvarman beat Matthew Ebden 6-2 6-3


Portugal Open Women's Singles First Round Tuesday Apr 29

1-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1 6-2                   

8-Elena Vesnina beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-1                       

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat Romina Oprandi 4-6 6-1 6-4

Maria Teresa Torro beat Peng Shuai 6-1 6-4                               

Polona Hercog beat Stefanie Voegele 2-6 6-2 6-4                 

Irina Begu beat Kurumi Nara 6-1 7-6(5)                                 

Timea Bacsinszky beat 3-Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-0                

7-Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-0                           

4-Roberta Vinci beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-2 4-6 6-1                     

2-Eugenie Bouchard beat Alisa Kleybanova (Russia) 6-4 6-1                       

5-Kaia Kanepi beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-2 6-1


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