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Bouchard, Marino upset top seeds in Vancouver

Aug 17, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Genie Bouchard continued her mid-season resurgence with an impressively resilient win over top-seeded Kateryna Kozlova at the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, defeating the Ukrainian 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.

Bouchard was able to win 66% of second-serve return points to break serve frequently throughout the match for a total of nine breaks overall. She continues her impressive for in three-set matches lately, winning six of her last eight this season. Up next for Bouchard is unseeded Nao Hibino.

Earlier in the day, Rebecca Marino managed to edge former World No. 12 Yanina Wickmayer in a tight 7-5, 7-5 affair in front of her home crowd. The win marks the Vancouverite’s second-best win over her inspirational comeback this season, having beaten then-World No. 69 Vera Lapko two weeks ago in Rogers Cup qualifying.

Marino took a prolonged absence from professional tennis following struggles with depression, but will return to well within the Top 200 if she’s able to claim the title this week. In the quarterfinals, the 27-year-old will face qualifier Martina Trevisan.

Vasek Pospisil, who also hails from British Colombia, also managed to reach the quarterfinals of his home-town event, recovering from a set down to defeat Marc Polmans 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.