With the 2014 Australian Open official underway, all Canadian eyes will be on Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil on the men’s side and Eugenie Bouchard on the women’s side.
Both Pospisil and Bouchard were in action on the opening day of the tournament and neither disappointed.
Vancouver native Pospisil entered the Aussie Open as the 28th seed but had to battle against a home-court advantage as his opponent was Australian Sam Groth.
Pospisil didn’t have an easy match by any means but was able to top the Aussie, winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
As for Bouchard, her road to victory started off a bit tougher.
The Montreal native opened against China’s Chen Tang Hao, who is currently ranked 431st in the world. On paper, it should have been a smooth ride for the 19-year-old Bouchard but not quite.
Bouchard endured a wild opening set that last one hour. Despite surrendering a 3-1 lead in said set, the 30th-ranked Canadian regrouped, winning 7-5 before taking the second set 6-1.
“It was tough but I fought and got through it,” Bouchard told TSN. “I didn’t play the way I really wanted, but it was good to win one like this.”
Bouchard later admitted that the 35-degree Celsius heat affected her early on, explaining some of her struggles.
Overall, both Canadians started their respective tournaments off on the right foot.
As for Milos Raonic, who is ranked 11th, opens his tournament against Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain on Tuesday. In addition, Canadian Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario will open against France’s Benoit Paire on Tuesday evening.
A great start for the Canadians down under. Let’s see if it continues.