Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Andreescu, Bouchard, Shapovalov into Second Round at Australian Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Andreescu, Bouchard, Shapovalov into Second Round at Australian Open

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Andreescu reaches Aussie Open 2nd round

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu continued her stellar start to the 2019 season, advancing to the second round of the Australian Open after a lengthy, three-set victory over American wild card Whitney Osuigwe on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., needed two tiebreakers and nearly three hours to defeat the 16-year-old Osuigwe 7-6 (1), 6-7, 6-3 in her first career main-draw match at the Melbourne major.

Andreescu was the third Canadian to reach the second round on the day, following Denis Shapovalov and Eugenie Bouchard, who both advanced with straight-sets victories over their respective opponents.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. -- Canada's top-ranked singles player at No. 17 -- faced Australia's Nick Kyrgios and beat him 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a first-round match at Melbourne Park.

It was the seventh meeting between the pair and the first since 2016, and Raonic has now taken a 4-3 advantage. Raonic next plays former champion Stan Wawrinka, who advanced when his opponent Ernests Gulbis retired in the second set of their match with a back injury.

Bouchard downed wild card Peng Shuai of China 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour while Shapovalov beat Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Andreescu went through three qualifying rounds to earn a spot in the main draw of the tournament. She is coming off her first appearance in a WTA final at the ASB Classic in New Zealand two weeks ago.

Andreescu upset former World No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams before losing to No. 14 Julia Goerges in the championship match in Auckland. The stellar run saw Andreescu rise 45 spots in the WTA standings to sit at a career-high No. 107 entering the Australian Open.

In Tuesday's match, Andreescu converted on 4-of-10 break points and had 40 winners to Osuigwe's 20. …

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