PERTH, Australia - Canada made a winning start Saturday at the Hopman Cup, with Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard both posting victories to set up an unbeatable 2-0 scoreline over Australia in the eight-nation team competition.
Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Bernard Tomic 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. The 23-year-old Canadian fired 18 aces, including two in the final game.
Montreal's Bouchard gave Canada the evening's winning point as she beat a grand slam champion for the third time in her career with a defeat of 2011 U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. She also beat former French Open winner Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon last summer.
It was a promising start to the season for Raonic and Bouchard, who were respectively named The Canadian Press male and female athletes of the year earlier this week.
A mixed doubles tie was being played for pride at the Perth arena later.
Canada are competing at the event for only the second time after Frank Dancevic and Maureen Drake participated a decade ago.