Bouchard wins rain delayed Wimbledon opener
It took two days for Eugenie Bouchard to win her opening match of Wimbledon.
Bouchard opened up the 2016 edition of The Championships with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova. While the match officially took one hour and 12 minutes to complete, it took two days to finish due to rain.
Bouchard took the first set on Tuesday, winning 6-3. After losing the first point, Bouchard took the next four. She dominated late in the set and won on a backhand winner.
The Canadian took a 2-1 lead in the second set before the skies opened up, causing the match to be postposed until Wednesday. The weather wasn’t much friendlier and, after several hours of delay, the game was moved to Centre Court. Bouchard made fairly quick work of Rybarikova once play resumed, winning the set 6-4.
Bouchard now advances to the second round where she’ll face Britain’s Johanna Konta at Centre Court on Thursday, who is seeded 16th.
Meanwhile, Milos Raonic’s second round match against Italy’s Andreas Seppi was postponed on Wednesday. It will also be held on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Canadian Vasek Pospisil lost his first round match to Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who is ranked 36th in the world. After losing the first set 6-4, Pospisil won the second 6-3. But Ramos-Vinolas rebound in the third and fourth sets, winning 6-3 and 6-4 to take the match.
Pospisil reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year, which was the first time he had reached the quarters of a grand slam.
The 26-year-old will participate in Wimbledon’s doubles draw, teaming up with American Jack Sock. The duo is seeded eighth.