Bouchard advances to second round of 2018 Australian Open

Eugenie Bouchard (Wikimedia Commons)

Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec is in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open. On Tuesday from Melbourne, Bouchard defeated Oceane Dodin of France 6-3, 7-6.

When it comes to the world rankings, Bouchard’s win over Dodin could be considered a minor upset. That is because Bouchard is ranked 112th in the world and Dodin is ranked 85th.

In Bouchard’s win over Dodin, Eugenie’s serve was excellent. Bouchard had 12 aces compared to only one double fault. Dodin had three aces compared to nine double faults.

Bouchard also won many of the timely points. She broke Dodin at a key time in the first set and then got back on serve early in the second set after being broken. Bouchard then rebounded well in the tiebreak after falling behind early.

This was Bouchard’s first grand slam win since the French Open where she beat Risa Ozaki of Japan 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. It was Bouchard’s first straight set win a grand slam since her win over Shuai Peng of China in the second round of the 2017 Australian Open. In that match, Bouchard won 7-6, 6-2.

The Canadian men were not as successful as Bouchard on day two. Milos Raonic, the 22nd seed, lost 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and Peter Polansky lost 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 to Karen Khachanov of Russia.



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