There will be two Canadians in the third round of the U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event of the season in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Eugenie Bouchard won a second match in a row for the first time since March after defeating Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-3, 6-7,(2), 6-3. The 21-year-old Canadian served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but couldn’t close the match in straight sets. She jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third and never looked back, showing glimpses of her 2014 form, particularly in the late stages of the match. Bouchard will face Slovak Dominika Cibulkova in the third round on Friday.
Milos Raonic struggled with back issues en route to a four set victory over Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-2, 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(1). He received multiple visits from the trainer to get massaged, but still managed to pull through to set up a third round encounter against another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez. Lopez beat Raonic just two weeks ago at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati.
In doubles, Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin advanced to the second round while Vasek Pospisil (with Jack Sock) and Gabriela Dabrowski (with Alicja Rosolska) were eliminated in the first round.