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Bouchard defeats Larsson, advances to fourth round in Paris

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The Canadian Press
5/30/2014 3:33:49 PM
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PARIS - Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard recovered from early breaks in both sets to reach the second week of the French Open as she beat Swede Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4 Friday.

The 18th-seeded Bouchard, an Australian Open semifinalist earlier this year, showed fighting spirit in winning her 84-minute match with the 99th-ranked Larsson in the pair's first meeting.

Bouchard finished with 27 winners and 30 unforced errors, breaking on six of 11 chances while losing serve four times.

Bouchard lost the opening game but recovered nicely to take a 5-3 first-set lead. She got into trouble as Lasson levelled for 5-all but claimed the set with a break for 7-5 on her third set point.

The Canadian lost serve in the third game of the second, breaking back in the fourth to tie the set at 2.

Bouchard earned a 4-2 lead as she move on to victory, with Larsson donating a double-fault for a second match point before volleying a forehand return low into the net.

Next up for Bouchard is German eighth seed Angelique Kerber, who defeated Slovak Daniela Hantuchova on Friday.

Eugenie Bouchard (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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