Bouchard reaches Aussie Open third round

Three Canadians managed to pull off victories on Day 3 of the Australian Open.

In women’s singles, Eugenie Bouchard was just too much for Dutch opponent Kiki Bertens to handle.The 7th-seeded Canadian needed only 23 minutes to take the first set, and 54 minutes total, to defeat the 72nd-ranked Bertens 6-0, 6-3. Bouchard seemed like she was on a different right from the get-go, finishing the match with 20 winners compared to Bertens’ seven.

With the victory, Genie has now reached the third round at five straight Grand Slams. Her next opponent will be Caroline Garcia of France.

Two other Canadians were in action on Day 3 down under. Vasek Pospisil and Austrian partner Julian Knowle won their first round doubles match 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (4). Pospisil’s usual doubles partner Jack Sock, with whom he won the Wimbledon title last year, is still recovering from hip surgery.

On the women’s doubles side, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Alicja Rosolska of Poland also came away with a win. They took their first round match in convincing fashion 6-1, 6-4.

Day 4 Preview

Day 3 saw three Canadians in action, and Day 4 will see four in action.

Leading the way is Milos Raonic, who cruised to a first round straight sets victory over Ukrainian qualifier Illya Marchenko. Milos will be facing American Donald Young, who is currently ranked 56th in the world.

Vasek Pospisil will be back on the court for the third straight day. Following his win over American Sam Querrey in the first-round, Vasek’s first ever five set victory at a Grand Slam, he will next face Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the second-round.

The other two Canadians playing on Day 4 will be making their 2015 Australian Open debuts. Daniel Nestor will play his first Grand Slam with new partner Rohan Bopanna of India. Nestor will be playing his 22nd Australian Open. He has one doubles title from Melbourne, having won in 2002 with partner Mark Knowles of the Bahamas.

Finally, Canadian Adil Shamasdin will play his first round doubles match with partner Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.