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Bouchard sharp in Aussie opener, Raonic out to Lacko

Jan 16, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the fifth straight year on Monday night, halting her nine match losing  streak in the process, thanks to a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over France’s Oceane Dodin.

The Canadian was sharp throughout, particularly on serve, hitting 12 aces and saving six of the seven break points she faced, including a set point at 4-5 in set two. She also hit 29 winners in the match. Dodin was playing her first match since the National Bank Cup in Quebec City last September where she had to withdraw due to symptoms of vertigo.

This is Bouchard’s first win since beating Lauren Davis in New Haven last summer. The 23-year-old, who has one quarter-final and one semifinal appearance in Melbourne, will attempt to reach the third round for the second consecutive year on Wednesday night when she goes up against the winner of the match between World No. 1 Simona Halep and Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava.

On the men’s side, no. 22 seed Milos Raonic was defeated 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4) by Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in a tightly contested contest in which Raonic appeared to struggle physically in the latter stages. This is his first opening round loss at a Grand Slam since the French Open in 2011.

For his part, Peter Polansky played Russia’s Karen Khachanov tough in his opening round match, but ultimately fell 7-6(3), 7-6(2), 6-4.