British hopes of success lie squarely on the shoulders of Katie Boulter and Jo Konta who are both appearing this week in the WTA’s Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco.
The first in action was Boulter — building on her success at the Fed Cup a few weeks ago — who got off to a winning start by beating the Swiss qualifier Conny Perrin 6-4 7-5.
The 22-year-old, currently ranked 85th in the world, held her concentration when it mattered to secure the win after one-hour and 26-minutes.
She faces either America’s Sofia Kenin or Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson in the next round.
She edged ahead against the qualifier in the 10th game of the first set, winning it on her second break point.
In the second Perrin saved match point at 5-5 only to concede two games later as Boulter made sure of her place in round two at the second attempt to clinch the win.
Sixth seed Maria Sakkari was the biggest casualty of the day as the Greek suffered a 7-5 4-6 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Olympic champion Monica Puig.