Eugenie Bouchard should take a moment to savour her first career win in the main draw on the Roland Garros clay.
That happy feeling likely won't last long.
Bouchard of Westmount, Que., continued her strong run on clay with a 6-1 7-6 (2) win over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria Monday in the first round of the French Open. It was the first time the teen, now the top-ranked woman in Canada at 77th in the world, has played in the main draw of the Paris grand slam tournament.
Now Bouchard, 19, faces the daunting task of getting past Russian-born American Maria Sharapova, ranked No. 2 in the WTA. The last time the two met, in Miami this year, Sharapova rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win.
But Bouchard came into the French Open on a high note, making it to the semifinals of a WTA event (Strasbourg) for the first time in her career before losing to Alize Cornet of France.
Meanwhile, Jesse Levine's stay in Paris was a short one.
The American-turned-Canadian, ranked 90th in the world, lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 to 13th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan Monday in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros. Levine's record in the grand slam tournament dropped to 1-2.
Levine played poorly against Nishikori, double-faulting five times while being broken on serve eight times. He also made 33 unforced errors.
MCENROE IN TORONTO
Four former world No. 1 players, including John McEnroe, will play three matches during the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras will play in Legends Cup matches during the tournament, which this year will feature the best women in the world at the Rexall Centre in Toronto. The four former stars combined to win 26 grand slam singles titles during their careers.
“I’m extremely excited to come back to Toronto and be a part of Rogers Legends Cup,” Sampras said in a statement released Monday. “I have really good memories from the years I played the Canadian tournament as the fans were always incredibly supportive and the event is one of the best in the world. Combined with the WTA matches, this is going to be really entertaining tennis and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Rogers Cup runs Aug. 2-11. The Legends Cup matches start Aug. 9.