LONDON - After semi-final appearances in the first two majors of 2014, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard hopes that the third will be the charm. On Tuesday, she got off on the right as she was able to defeat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the second round at Wimbledon.
Hantuchova, who was once ranked No. 5 in the world, held a 5-3 advantage over Bouchard in the opening set before the current No. 13 seed stormed back with four straight points to capture the set and ultimately the match.
2014 marks Eugenie Bouchard's second Wimbledon as a pro. In 2013, the native of Westmount, Quebec, bowed out in the third round, just one year after winning the Junior Wimbledon Championship.
While the 20-year-old does hope to exceed her finish at the All-England Club last year, it will not be an easy feat this time. Prior to the opening of the tournament, Bouchard learned that she would be grouped in a bracket that included former champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Having lost to Sharapova at the French Open last month, Bouchard will hope to avenge said loss should she meet the Russian in London.
We will now wait to see who is up next as Eugenie Bouchard awaits her second-round opponent. But for the Canadian, it's so far, so good.