Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard Wins First-Round Match at Australian Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard Wins First-Round Match at Australian Open

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Bouchard wins opener at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia - A resurgent Eugenie Bouchard continued her injury comeback with a straight-sets win Monday in first-round action at the Australian Open.

The 21-year-old from Westmount, Que. dispatched Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-4 in just over an hour. She hit 14 winners in the match and had 14 unforced errors.

The 37th-ranked Bouchard is playing in only her fourth tournament since sustaining a concussion when she fell in the dressing room at last year's U.S. Open. She will next face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in second-round play.

Radwanska advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Christina McHale of the United States.

Earlier this month, Bouchard made it to the quarter-finals at the Shenzen Open and then followed that up by reaching the final at the Hobart International.

In men's singles action, Canadian Vasek Pospisil was eliminated at Melbourne Park after falling in four sets to France's Gilles Simon.

The 25-year-old from Vancouver dropped a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 decision to his 14th-ranked opponent in a match that lasted two hours 47 minutes. …

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