While the disappointment of Vasek Pospisil's withdrawal from the tournament and, most recently, Milos Raonic getting eliminated in the third round have certainly posed as negative elements for the Canadian contingent at the Australian Open, the doubles story is certainly a breath of fresh air.
While Eugenie Bouchard is still going in the singles bracket, the 19-year-old is also playing quite well in the doubles bracket along with Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor.
After winning their opening-round matches, both Bouchard and Nestor continued their success in the pairs category with second-round victories.
Bouchard, who is paired with Russia's Vera Dusheniva, defeated the 11th-ranked team of Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Barjoni in straight sets (6-4, 7-5) to advance to round number three. Next, the unseeded two will take on the 6th-ranked tandem of Cara Black of Zimbabwe and Sania Mirza of India.
As for Nestor, he and his partner, Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic, defeated the unseeded Croatian duo of Marin Dragania and Mate Pavic 7-5, 6-1 to also advance to the third round. In the next round, the 8th-seeded Nestor and Zimonjic will take on the 9th-seeded Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenburg and Marcin Matkowski.
In addition, both Nestor and Bouchard are also scheduled to participated in the mixed doubles event in Melbourne. Nestor will be paired with France's Kristina Mladenovic while Bouchard will be paired up with Australian Sam Groth.