NEW YORK - Eugenie Bouchard kicked off her US Open on Tuesday against Olga Govortsova of Belarus and it was no contest as the Canadian dominated the match from start to finish, winning 6-2, 6-1.
2014 has been incredibly kind to Bouchard. Aside from her record-setting pace as a Canadian, the 20-year-old also became the only woman this year to reach the semi-finals in all three Grand Slams thus far. The most recent Grand Slam, Wimbledon, Bouchard reached the final and at the final Grand Slam of the year in New York, she hopes to do one better by winning the US Open. But one step at a time.
The native of Westmount, Quebec, needed just 59 minutes to dispatch Govortsova and move on to the second round.
En route to her win, Bouchard produced 19 winners and broke on four of six of her chances to advance.
"I'm happy to get a match under my belt," Bouchard said on the court following her victory. "I want to keep it rolling this week."
While her performance at Grand Slams this season has been successful, Bouchard has struggled on the hardcourt in 2014, winning just one match over three events entering the Big Apple this week.
"The Grand Slams are the biggest and best events of the year, they are so special," she said. "I love playing them, hopefully I can keep raising my level on the big stage."
In just her second US Open, Eugenie Bouchard got off to a solid start. But now, she will be up against Romania's Sorana Cirstea in the second round of play.