Both Aleksandra Wozniak and Eugenie Bouchard delivered opening-day wins Saturday at the Fed Cup in Montreal. Wozniak, who hails from nearby Blainville, Que., downed Serbia's Vesna Dolonc, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Dolonc had nine double-faults to Wozniak's four during the marathon match (2:31).
No. 19-ranked Bouchard, projected to be a future WTA superstar, walked all over Jovana Jaksic in the day's second showdown. Bouchard managed three aces en route to a 6-1, 6-0, straight-sets victory. Jaksic, No. 149 in the world, didn't help her own cause by committing 19 unforced errors over the course of the 50-minute match.
Canada now leads the best-of-five series, 2-0. The World Group II first-round matchup resumes Sunday, with Wozniak meeting Jaksic and Bouchard facing Dolonc.
Team Canada fans cheer for their team prior to round one Federation Cup tennis action between Canada and Serbia in Montreal, Saturday, February 8, 2014.
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Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard beat Serbia's Vesna Dolonc 6-0, 6-3 to power Canada to victory in its Fed Cup World Group II tie Sunday. The win gave Canada a 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex.
Canada will advance to the World Group playoffs, giving the team a chance to advance from the World Group II to a higher division that includes the world's eight best teams. Canada's next opponent hasn't yet been determined. Leading 5-3 in the second set, Bouchard, 19, sent the No. 117-ranked Dolonc the wrong way to secure the advantage. She then cemented the victory with an ace.
"I was happy I could stay with her and fight," said Bouchard. "When it counted, I did what I needed to do." The No. 19-ranked Bouchard needed less than 20 minutes to take the first set, surrendering just seven points in the process. But Dolonc put up a fight in the second set, breaking Bouchard in the first game. She then held serve to force a 2-2 tie. "It was a closer battle (in the second). She came up with some good points, and I had a few unforced errors," said Bouchard. "I tried to win one point at a time and stay in the moment. And that helped me."
The 19-year-old Montreal native talked to Flare magazine for their March 2014 issue about how fashion and tennis go hand in hand. "Fashion is important,” she said. “The court is a stage to express personal style.”
After being handpicked by Nike to be one of three players to wear the Maria Sharapova-designed Nike line, Bouchard admitted to being a bit obsessed with all things style.
“I’m starting with bags and shoes,” she said, while showing off her new Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag and a pair of nude Christian Louboutin pumps. “I know those are predictable, but for my first big purchases, I wanted beautiful pieces that I could re-wear.” The blond bombshell, who is known for her sexy off-court style, got the chance to play dress-up in the accompanying photo shoot which saw her wear a mix of sporty and sophisticated duds including a leather visor, a pleated navy skirt and a sexy deep-v printed top.
Plus, now in the top 20, the highest-ranking teen (until her birthday on February 25) doesn’t have time for wardrobe experiments. She’s been spending up to seven hours a day, seven days a week in training, since her parents enrolled her and her twin sister, Beatrice, in tennis camp when they were five years old. “I complained that we only hit balls for 10 minutes and I wanted to hit them for 20 more.”
Beatrice has since abandoned the net, but by age nine Bouchard knew she wanted to make a career of it. Now, when she’s not playing—she competed in 22 tournaments last year, which took her to China and Japan—she’s training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for all but three weeks a year. She spends those precious holidays at home in Montreal’s Westmount suburb, where downtime with family offers a glimpse into a different existence altogether. “I want to be a normal kid when I’m home, to see what that’s like,” she says. “Because my life is so different than a normal teenager’s.”
Tennis players Grigor Dimitrov and Eugenie Bouchard took a break from training for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament on Monday morning to play an exhibition game on a floating court.
The highly-rated young duo took a helicopter ride over Acapulco, where the event is based, before battling it out in the heat off the Mexican coast. Once the game was over, Dimitrov, who is dating Maria Sharapova, jumped into the sea with 20-year-old Canadian Bouchard, who was a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January.
Dimitrov celebrates winning a point against Bouchard during the exhibition match
Following their game Dimitrov and Bouchard jumped into the sea to cool off
'This is definitely the best experience I’ve ever had on tour,' Dimitrov said. 'I was happy to be able to do something like this.' Bouchard agreed, adding: 'I've never played tennis on water before, so now I can say I did that! Grigor and I played a few points and it was really hot out there, so we were just like, "Let's jump in." We really had so much fun - it's probably the best tournament activity I've ever done!'