Eugenie Bouchard delivers at Flushing Meadows

Eugenie Bouchard (Wikimedia Commons)

Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec is off to the second round of the 2018 U.S. Open.On Tuesday, in first round action, Bouchard defeated Harmony Tan of France in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

In a match that lasted only one hour and seven minutes, Bouchard looked like the player who reached three grand slam semifinals during the 2014 tennis season. She won 73% of her points on her first serve, 65% of the points on her second serve and broke Tan four times. Bouchard’s break of serve against Tan to end the first set was extremely impressive as she was down 15-40 and came back to win the game to close out the set. It also allowed Bouchard to start the second set on her serve, which allowed her to keep pressure and momentum.

Bouchard will next play Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the second round. Vondrousova beat Mona Barthel of Germany in round one 6-1, 6-4. It will be their first career meeting.

In men’s action, Peter Polansky of Toronto, Ontario lost to the third seed, Alexander Zverev of Germany, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in a rather simple match for Zverev. However Polansky made tennis history on Tuesday. For the first time ever, a tennis player was a lucky loser in all four grand slams in the same season.

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