Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard Breezes into Third Round of Australian Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard Breezes into Third Round of Australian Open

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Bouchard moves to round 3 at Aussie Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard crushed Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Australian Open for a second straight year.

The seventh seed from Westmount, Que., needed just 54 minutes to defeat the 72nd-ranked Bertens in their first career meeting.

Bouchard rolled through the opening set in just 23 minutes against an opponent who is now 0-5 versus top-10 opponents.

Two of Bertens' three game wins came on breaks of Bouchard's serve, including when the Canadian was first serving for the match.

Bouchard finished with six breaks of serve and 20 winners as she won a second consecutive match on the Margaret Court showcase arena.

"I think I put pressure on her a lot and I think probably forced her to make some errors," said Bouchard. "I was happy with the way I was able to step in and control the points, whether I did the winner or she did the error."

"In the end I think that's how I want to play. Just need to stay a bit more focused at the end to try to close it out. More on my terms."

Bertens briefly made a match of it in the second set, but fell behind despite breaking Bouchard in the opening game of the second set and losing the lead a game later.

"I lost my focus a bit, that's unacceptable," said the 20-year-old. "I'll make sure it won't happen again. I can be hard on myself, I'm a perfectionist."

"It's fun to play here at night, it's a special atmosphere," added Bouchard. …

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