It hasn't happened since 2000 but since Sonya Jeyaseelan did it 14 years earlier, no Canadian women had advanced to the third round of the Australian Open. That is until Eugenie Bouchard advanced this week. But to assume that the 19-year-old was content to simply make it so far would be grossly inaccurate.
In her third-round matchup, the 30th-seeded Bouchard was up against Lauren Davis of the United States. The Montrealer entered her match determined not to be satisfied with her success thus far but to build on it. Bouchard did just that defeating Davis in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
While this is the furthest any Canadian woman has gone in the Aussie Open, the victory marks a milestone for Bouchard herself who advances to the 4th round of a Grand Slam for the first time in her young career.
In addition to her singles victory, Bouchard, partnered with Russia's Vera Dushevina, won her opening doubles match by defeating the Ukrainian duo of Yalena Solovieva and Elena Svitolina 6-3, 6-1.
This week, the Australian Open has made the most headlines from Melbourne's excruciating heat wave. For the first time in nearly a century, Australia has experienced four-straight days of 100-plus weather. Some players have had to either take breaks or withdraw from the tournament altogether because of the heat - and who can blame them? But Eugenie Bouchard is carrying on, making the most of her time in otherwise unfortunate circumstances.
As for the other of Canadian contingent, 11th-seeded Milos Raonic will play his third-round match on Saturday against No. 22 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.