Top Canadian Tennis Stars Swing Through US Open First Round

The US Open is underway and Canada’s two brightest tennis stars shined into the second round after winning their opening matches.  Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are once again grabbing headlines at one of tennis’ Grand Slam tournaments as they each attempt to bring one of the sport’s top four trophies home to Canada.

Raonic played his opening round in the men’s singles on Monday against first time US Open challenger Taro Daniel from Japan.  The Canadian took an early lead with a 6-3 win in the first set and followed up with a 6-2 victory in the second set.

The third and final set was the most challenging for Raonic as Daniel pushed the 23 year old to a tiebreaking game when the two players evened up at 6 games apiece.  But Raonic served the winning point, earning a 7-6 win for the set and ultimately the match.  Canadians will next bet on Raonic overcoming Peter Gojowczyk of Germany in the second round – a match he is favoured to win.

Genie Bouchard took to the hard court for her opening match yesterday against 117th ranked Olga Govortsova.  The stakes were very high for Genie who despite being the betting favourite, has struggled on the hard court ever since losing the championship at Wimbledon.

Stepping onto the court at the final Grand Slam of the year, Genie looked like the Wimbledon finalist that left the UK as she served aces all around Govortsova.  The 20 year old won two of four games in the first set before taking the next straight four games, totaling 6-2 by the end of the set.  Genie took even greater command of the second set with a 5-1 lead before Govortsova sent the Canadian’s match point into the net.

Expectations are high on Genie, currently ranked 7th on the world standings.  But the Quebec born tennis star says she is focusing solely on the game, regardless of how far she advances through the tournament.

“I really put in a lot of hours of practice here in New York City.  I want to get on a roll and keep the momentum going.”

Genie will face Sorana Cirstea in the second round of the women’s singles.  Can Canada bet on more magic from the country’s favourite Genie?