Vasek Pospisil has two wins in as many days, but Eugenie Bouchard was bounced from Wimbledon in the first round after the second day of matches.
Pospisil beat Vincent Millot of France in five sets 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 in three hours and 43 minutes. The long match and deep dig for the win when down two sets to one is particularly impressive considering Pospisil played a doubles match a day earlier. The Canadian is now through to the second round in both men’s draws at Wimbledon.
On the women’s side, Canada’s lone singles player Bouchard played through an injury and but couldn’t hold off little-known Ying-Ying Duan of China, losing 7-6 (3), 6-4. The Canadian had reached the final at Wimbledon last year and is a crowd-favourite at her favourite tournament, however her season of struggle continues with an early exit.
On Wednesday, Milos Raonic will play in men’s singles second round, and Daniel Nestorwith Indian partner Leander Paes will start their doubles tourney at Wimbledon. Adil Shamasdin, who is also competing in men’s doubles, has yet to see court.
Day 1 – June 29, 2015
Canadian players came away from the first day at 2015 Wimbledon Championships with a pair of wins and a loss.
Number seven seed Milos Raonic won his singles bout with Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain in four sets 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) over two hours and six minutes.
After Raonic won the opening two sets, Gimeno-Traver made the most of a single break point by holding off Raonic to make the match more interesting. The Canadian – who had taken three service breaks from the Spaniard in the first two sets – had three more break point opportunities he couldn’t convert in the third. In the fourth set both players held serve forcing the tiebreak, where Raonic jumped out to a 5-0 lead helped by two mini-breaks, before putting Gimeno-Traver away 7-4.
In men’s doubles, Canadian Vasek Pospisil and American partner Jack Sock began defence of their Wimbledon title with a four-set victory over Australian Sam Groth and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Jack Sock (left) & Canada’s Vasek Pospisil win the 2014 Wimbledon men’s doubles title. Photo via Tennis Canada. Photo: CP
A clinical service game from Groth and Stakhovsky (along with saving four break points) in the first set put the defending men’s doubles champions on notice as the third seeded North American pair fell behind. In the next two sets, Pospisil and Sock were much cleaner, trading break points in the second and holding serve in the third before coming away with a pair of crucial tiebreak wins. The fourth set saw a noticeable drop in Groth and Stakhovsky’s service game, of which Pospisil and Sock took advantage registering two early breaks en route to a 6-1 win.
The news wasn’t so good for Gabriela Dabrowski in women’s doubles. With Polish partner Alicja Rosolska, Dabrowski was bounced in the first round by ninth seeded Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Other Canadians yet to play at Wimbledon this year are Eugenie Bouchard in women’s singles and doubles, while Daniel Nestor and Adil Shamasdin will see action in men’s doubles with their respective partners in coming days.
Bouchard, who has secured the 12th seed, is scheduled to play Ying-Ying Duan of China on Tuesday in singles. Also hitting the court that day in men’s singles is Pospisil, facing Vincent Millot of France.