Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is causing quite a stir in Montreal and she continued her impressive form at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
For a second consecutive day, Bouchard upset a higher-ranked opponent as she defeated world top 10 player Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-0 in just over an hour of play.
Playing some of her best tennis in years, the 22-year-old made light work of Cibulkova in a 36-minute-long first set, where she twice broke her opponent’s serve.
To put this victory into perspective; Bouchard is ranked 42nd in the current WTA rankings whereby Cibulkova comes in in 10th.
The Westmount-born player appears to be making a habit of surprising the hometown fans and critics alike, as she got the better of 28th-ranked Lucie Safarova in the first round as well.
Whether or not young Bouchard can replicate such performances when she comes up against the likes of Gabrine Muguzura and Agnieszka Radwanksa remains to be seen, but Serena Williams’ absence from the tournament will certainly give her hope as she advances through the rounds.
Meanwhile, in the men’s section in Toronto, Bouchard’s fellow Canadian Milos Raonic is continuing to show the excellent form he displayed at Wimbledon.
Raonic comfortably defeated Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-3 to advance into the 3rd round where he faces American Jared Donaldson tonight.
The Wimbledon finalist, despite his great form so far in the competition, will be wary of world number 1 seed Novak Djokovic’s convincing victory over Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in the 2nd round.
Djokovic, who by his standards endured a somewhat catastrophic tournament last month at Wimbledon, will be eager to put things right and get back to winning ways in Toronto – and the Serbian still remains our favourite to lift the Rogers Cup.