2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard joined No.1 seed Kaja Juvan and No.3 seed Greet Minnen as Day 2 winners at Australian Open qualifying on Monday, as the first round in Dubai came to a close.
With the field pared down from 128 to 64 over the last two days, all remaining players need to win two more matches to book their spots in the Australian Open main draw. The 16 eventual qualifiers from this week will travel to Australia and prepare for the year's first major at Melbourne in February.
Former World No.5 Bouchard of Canada eased into the second round with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Australian wildcard Abbie Myers. Bouchard broke her opponent six times during the 74-minute match, as she moves one step closer to the main draw.
Bouchard, seeded No.25 this week, is looking to return to the site of her first big major breakthrough. The Canadian reached her first-ever Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2014, which she followed up later that year with a second major semifinal at Roland Garros and her maiden major final at Wimbledon.
Unlike on Sunday, the two Top 4 seeds who played on Monday claimed wins without too much trouble. Top seed Juvan of Slovenia claimed a 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over another Australian wildcard, Storm Sanders. Juvan fired eight aces and won 82 percent of her first-service points en route to the 83-minute triumph.
20-year-old Juvan hopes to continue her burgeoning Grand Slam successes: she pushed Serena Williams to three sets in the second round of Wimbledon in 2019, and reached the same stage at Roland Garros and the US Open last season.
Third seed Minnen of Belgium had an even shorter affair against another Australian wildcard, defeating Alexandra Bozovic, 6-3, 6-4, in an hour and a quarter. Minnen, who made her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the Australian Open last season, is hoping for a return appearance as she edges closer to a Top 100 debut in the WTA singles rankings.