Bouchard outlasts Hantuchova to advance to second round

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The Canadian Press
6/24/2014 4:09:58 PM
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Eugenie Bouchard got off to a good start at Wimbledon on Tuesday, beating former world No. 34 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 7-5, 7-5 in the first round.

The No. 13 seed from Montreal had a tough first match, coming from 3-1 and 5-3 down in the first set, which she won on a correct line call challenge.

"I expected a tough match, and it was a tough one," said Bouchard, who advanced to the semifinals of the season's previous two Grand Slams. "I definitely feel like I didn't play my best most of the match, but competed when it counted, raised my level at some big points.

"I felt like I was a bit inconsistent. I didn't take the ball as early as I would have liked to. I felt myself more on defence more often than I'd like to be. The first match of a tournament, especially a Grand Slam, is always a bit nervy. I think there was a bit of nervous tennis out there."

Hantuchova was a challenging opening-round opponent for Bouchard, with a current world ranking of 34th on the ATP rankings.

Bouchard, who made it to the semifinals of both the Australian Open and French Open this season, is grouped in a bracket with former champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

She will play Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain in the second round.



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