Eighteen year old Eugenie Bouchard of Quebec did her home state proud on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup tournament currently being played in Montreal, when she outplayed Shahar Peer of Israel in three sets.
Bouchard is having a great season. She is the reigning Wimbledon junior singles and doubles champion and, having been granted a wildcard into the main draw of this tournament, went out on court with nothing to lose against the Israeli. Peer, who has slid down to the mid 50s in the WTA rankings without more than a handful of wins the entire season, took the first set with relative ease 6-3, but Bouchard, now ranked 237, came back to take the second set 6-2. The final set was a close affair, with both players battling to 5-5. Peer had two break points on Bouchard’s serve at this stage, but let Bouchard back to take a 6-5 lead. The Canadian then confidently went on to break Peer’s serve to take the final set 7-5.
Bouchard will play China’s Li Na in the second round, hopefully on Thursday, as the many rain delays so far have caused havoc for the organisers.