January 13, 2014 (ISN) – Playing in their first Australian Open main draw, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) both won their first matches in Melbourne.
Bouchard defeated Chinese wildcard Hao Chen Tang 7-5, 6-1. The first set was tightly contested with the Canadian finding herself a break and a set point down at 5-4 before the tournament’s no. 30 seed was able to right the ship winning ten of the last eleven games in the match. In the second round Bouchard will face Virginie Razzano of France who defeated Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round. Bouchard will be trying to match her performance at Wimbledon last year by reaching the third round of a Grand Slam.
Following the Australian Open, Bouchard will lead Canada in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II first round tie against Serbia at Centre Claude-Robillard in Montreal on February 8 and 9.
Pospsil, seeded no. 28 in the men’s draw, went up against Australian Samuel Groth. The 23-year-old added a win to his already perfect record against Groth, posting a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Pospisil lost just five first serve points and committed just 17 unforced errors. He will face another Australian in round two, Matthew Ebden, who needed five sets to defeat Nicolas Mahut of France.
Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) and Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) will play their first round matched on Tuesday in Melbourne. Raonic will take on world no. 80 Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain while qualifier Dancevic will meet up with no. 27 seed Benoît Paire of France.