PARIS - On Sunday, Canadian Milos Raonic got off to the start he wanted as he defeated Australian wildcar Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the seconf round at the French Open.
Entering Roland Garros as the 8th-seed, Raonic needed exactly two hours to get past the rising Aussie star, This was also the first time that Raonic has beaten an Australian at a Grand Slam. Previously, he lost to Carsten Ball at the 2010 US Open and then Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in 2012. I guess the old adage is right in that the third time is indeed the charm.
On Monday, it was Eugenie Bouchard's turn to show what she had to offer entering Roland Garros. Her first Grand Slam of the year (January's Australian Open) was a huge success for the 20-year-old Bouchard as she made her improbable run to the semi-final before bowing out to China's Li Na. Hopefully for Bouchard, the Aussie Open will only be a stepping stone for further success on the grand stage. It's so far, so good.
Bouchard kicked off her 2014 French Open with a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win over Israel's Shahar Peer. In fact, the only thing that did slow down the Westmount, Quebec, native on this day was a 90-minute rain delay. Nevertheless, Bouchard stayed the course and won her opening match without as much as breaking a sweat.
Entering the French Open as the No. 18 seed, Eugenie Bouchard defeated Peer for the second time this season and will now advance to the second round of play.
"Today the court was actually a bit slower because of the conditions," Bouchard told reporters after her win. "I find the courts here are generally like fast clay courts, so I like them. It's fine for me.
"I'm confident, but I'm usually always confident and believe in myself, and know whenever I walk on the court I always believe I can win the match. But I'm just trying to take it one week at a time. Last week is last week. I have another tournament this week. That's all I'm focused on."
As for Bouchard's next opponent, she will have to await the winner of the match between Germany's Julia Goerges and Portugal's Michelle Larcher.
But while the news was good for Raonic and Bouchard, the same could not be said for Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil who lost to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. With the defeat, Pospisil remains winless at Roland Garros.
As for more of the Canadian contingent, Toronto's Sharon Fichman will be in action on Tuesday. Her match with 6th-seeded Jelena Jankovic began on Monday but was suspended due to darkness. When the match does resume, Fichman will hold 7-5, 1-5 lead.
For the most part, the Canadians had a solid start to this year's French Open. Here's hoping that success continues.