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VIDEO: Bouchard finds form against Jankovic in Rome

May 10, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Eugenie Bouchard advanced past a tricky opponent in the first round of the Internazionali BNL D’Italia in Rome on Tuesday, earning a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 triumph over former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

It was an up-and-down match, featuring a combined 14 breaks of serve – seven for each player. But in the third and final set, it was Bouchard who was the steadier player. She secured the win, her first since Charleston the first week in April, in just under two hours.

It doesn’t get any easier for Bouchard, who will next face Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in round two. The Canadian star currently owns the head-to-head 2-1, with all three of their previous meetings being at Slams. They last played in the 2014 Wimbledon quarter-finals, with Bouchard winning in straights.