Bouchard cruises into quarterfinals at Shenzhen Open

Eugenie Bouchard. (Charles Krupa/AP)

SHENZHEN, China – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard has easily advanced to the third round of the Shenzhen Open in China.

The sixth-seed from Westmount, Que., defeated unseeded American Nicole Gibbs 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Three seeded players fell by the wayside in second-round play, including third-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu, who retired from her match against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.

Fourth-seed Monica Niculescu of Romania and No. 7 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan also lost their matches.