(ISN) – Montreal, May 30, 2014 – Two Canadians will are through to the second week at
Roland-Garros after Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill,
ON) both won their third round matches on Friday in Paris, site of the tennis
season’s second Grand Slam event.
Bouchard took on Sweden’s Johanna Larsson who upset twelfth-seeded Flavia Pennetta
of Italy. It was the first meeting between the two players. Bouchard faced deficits
early in both sets, but was able to overcome a tough opponent in straight sets 7-5,
6-4. In victory, her eighth consecutive, Bouchard, seeded no. 18, hit 27 winners
compared to 30 unforced errors. The 20-year-old advances to the Round of 16 at
Roland-Garros for the first time in her career and the second time at a Grand Slam
after reaching the Australian Open semifinals in January. On Sunday, Bouchard will
face eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber for a spot in the quarter-finals. Kerber
defeated Bouchard in three sets at the U.S. Open last year.
After getting through his first two matches comfortably, Raonic faced a real test
going up against world no. 30 Gilles Simon of France. The two players battled for
more than three hours over five sets until the 23-year-old Canadian finished off a
4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Raonic showed his character in overcoming a two
sets to one deficit. He served for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set, but was broken
by Simon. He regrouped quickly to break right away at 5-5 and successfully served
out the match on his second try. Raonic becomes the first Canadian man in the Open
Era to reach the Round of 16 at the French Open. The tournament’s eighth seed awaits
the winner of the match between Spaniard Marcel Granollers and Martin Klizan.