Bouchard cruises at U.S. Open, Aussies stay perfect

Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:44pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Powerful Canadian upstart Eugenie Bouchard launched her U.S. Open campaign with a bang, blasting by Olga Govortsova of Belarus in under an hour on Tuesday to sprint into the second round.

The 20-year-old, pigtailed Bouchard, the only woman to reach the semi-finals of the year's first three majors, eradicated questions about her hard court form with an overwhelming 6-2 6-1 win on a sunny day at Flushing Meadows.

Seventh-seeded Bouchard, who won only one match in three events since losing to Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final last month, ripped 19 winners and forced 24 errors from an outclassed Govortsova.

Bouchard, whose combination of skill and beauty landed her on the cover of Sunday's New York Times magazine, was joined in the second round by eighth-seeded former world number one Ana Ivanovic and 2011 champion Sam Stosur.

On the men's side, 10th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, 13th-seeded American John Isner and 25th seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia were among first-round winners.

Nishikori dismissed American wild card Wayne Odesnik 6-2 6-4 6-2, Isner ousted compatriot Marcos Giron 7-6 (5) 2-6 7-6 (2) and Karlovic eliminated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in four sets.

Sam Querrey gave local fans another cause to cheer with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.

The day session served as an appetizer to a hotly anticipated night program featuring 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer and two-time defending champion Serena Williams.   Continued...

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard hits a return to Olga Govortsova of Belarus during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz