Eugenie Bouchard and Denis Shapovalov win first round matches at Wimbledon


Eugenie Bouchard (Wikimedia Commons)

Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec and Denis Shapovalov of Vaughan, Ontario each won their first round matches at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Bouchard trounced Gabriella Taylor of Great Britain 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 in first round women’s action and Shapovalov beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in first round men’s action.

With the win, Bouchard will now play the 17th seed, Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the second round. Shapovalov, who is the 26th seed, will now face another Frenchman in Benoit Paire.

Bouchard and Shapovalov join Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario as the three Canadians who have advanced to the second round of Wimbledon. Raonic will play John Millman of Australia in round two after beating Liam Broady of Great Britain in the first round on Monday.

There have been four women in the top ten and three men in the top ten who are already out. On the women’s side, Donna Vekic of Croatia upset U.S. Open champion and fourth seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-1, 6-3. Reigning Rogers Cup champion and fifth seeded Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine lost to Tatjana Maria of Germany 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. The 2015 Rogers Cup champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland upset sixth seeded Caroline Garcia of France 7-6, 6-3 and Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus shocked two-time Wimbledon champion and eighth seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

On the men’s side, three-time grand slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland beat sixth ranked Grigor Dimitrov of Belarus 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4. The 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat seventh seeded and reigning French Open finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 7-5, 2-0 and Matthew Ebden of Australia upset the tenth seed David Goffin of Belgium 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

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