Canada Steps Up To Contend For Wimbledon Championships

Tennis season shifts towards the third Grand Slam of the year, which serves up at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon.  The opening round of the event is underway with the men’s and women’s singles matches serving up exciting rounds in the sport.

Canada has three tennis stars on the grass courts.  Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil are the two representatives on the men’s tour, while Eugenie Bouchard represents the maple leaf on the women’s tour.

Raonic played on Day 1, and as the seventh seed on the tour, he is Canada’s top bet to win the Grand Slam title.  Raonic faced off with Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the opening frame, and took command of the match with dominating performances in the first two sets.

He slipped up in the third frame when Gimeno-Traver took an early lead, and did not let up until the set expired.  The two men then exchanged game points in the fourth set as each player attempted to break the other throughout the frame. 

After the set extended into extra games, Raonic finally slammed the winning point past Gimeno-Traver to take the match, and advance to the second round.  He is set to face Tommy Haas in the second round after Haas went four sets in the opening frame against Dusan Lajovic.

Pospisil and Bouchard are both scheduled to play on Day 2 though there are lower expectations on the two teams.  Pospisil is a lower seeded player on the ATP Tour, and though he is favoured to win his opening round, he is unlikely to play as long as Raonic.

As for Bouchard, Canada’s favourite female tennis star needs to break out of a slump that has plagued her record most of the season.  Genie was a finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, but enters the major on a 2-11 playing streak.  Will Wimbledon be the time she breaks her slump?

All three Canadian players will represent the nation on the world’s tennis stage, but no Canadian has ever claimed the Wimbledon title.  Bank on patriotic pride and a little bit of luck to help Canada’s best players swing for a championship.