December 28, 2013, Montreal (ISN) – For the first time since 2004 Canada is among the eight countries competing in the Hopman Cup, an ITF team exhibition event taking place from December 28 to January 4 in Perth, Australia.
On the first day of action Saturday Canada, represented by Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), took on the Australian team of Samantha Stosur and Bernard Tomic. Raonic and Tomic opened the tie with their first ever meeting. A tight first set went the way of Raonic in a tiebreak and the Canadian carried the momentum through to the second set to post a straight sets victory 7-6(5), 6-1.
Bouchard could seal the tie for Canada against world no. 18 Stosur in the second match. The players have split their two previous meetings. After dropping the first set, Bouchard fought back to score a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win. The world no. 32 broke Stosur’s serve four times in the match playing offensive tennis.
“It’s a good way to start my season,” said Bouchard. “We played a close match in Osaka earlier this year, so I was excited to have the chance to play Sam (Stosur) again. It’s always a good match.”
Canada will play their next tie on Sunday against Poland, the top seeds in the tournament.