Vasek Pospisil, Eugenie Bouchard open Australian Open with wins

Vasek Pospisil celebrates defeating Samuel Groth at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday,...

Vasek Pospisil celebrates defeating Samuel Groth at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (Bobby Yip/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Canada is off to a good start on the first day of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Vernon, B.C.'s Vasek Pospisil made quick work of hard serving Australian wild card Sam Groth 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes on Monday.

The 28th-seeded Pospisil will face another Australian, Matthew Ebden, in the second round.

Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard escaped with a 7-5, 6-1 win over wildcard Tang Hao Chen of China.

The native of Westmount, Que., seeded 30th in the women's draw, faces Virginie Razzano of France in the next round.

Canadians in action Tuesday include Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont. Raonic takes on world No. 80 Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain while Dancevic will meet with 27th seed Benoit Paire of France.


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