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Bunyan Boosts Home Interest In Canadian Open L16

27 Mar 2023

Nicole Bunyan boosted home interest in the second round of the Canadian Women's Open in Toronto after overcoming Spaniard Marta Dominguez Fernandez on day one of the PSA World Tour Bronze event on the stunning all-glass court in the Allen Lambert Galleria.

The 29-year-old world No.47 will join fellow Canadian Hollie Naughton, who received a first round bye, after coming through an entertaining first round encounter in which three of the four games were decided on tie-breaks.

Bunyan will face USA's No.4 seed Olivia Clyne for a place in the quarter-finals.

Egypt's Zeina Zein recorded her first World Tour win when she overcame USA's high-ranked Marina Stefanoni.

The world No.67 Zein from Alexandria - who was playing in her first Bronze event on the World Tour after first round exits at the Platinum level El Gouna International and the Hong Kong Open in 2022 - was too strong throughout for Stefanoni, with the 18-year-old using width well to run out an 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 winner in 34 minutes.

"I'm so happy," said Zein later. "That's my biggest win!

"I really enjoy playing here. I love the organisation; every tournament I've played [in Canada] is amazing. I'm always excited to come here and play!"

Elsewhere, there was a first win on the World Tour for Germany's Saskia Beinhard, too, who battled back from 2/1 down and trailing 5-0 in game four to beat Tessa ter Sluis of the Netherlands 3/2.