It was a much better day for the red maple leaf Wednesday at the French Open in Paris.
After a trio of Canadians lost Tuesday at the second grand slam tournament of the season, Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic righted the ship with second-round wins at Roland Garros. Bouchard and Raonic are the only two Canadian singles players left in the draw.
Bouchard, seeded 18th, came back from a set down to get past Julia Goerges of Germany 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 while eight-seeded Raonic knocked off Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the third round.
The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., was able to avoid the upset against Goerges, a former world No. 15, by converting six of 13 break points. She turned it up over the final two sets, hitting 17 of her 21 winners, to roll over Goerges.
“In the first set I felt like I wasn’t in the right mental frame of mind, and it just wasn’t good enough for my standards,” Bouchard said. “So I just needed to regroup after that, and I really focused and got back to playing the way I need to play, which is stepping in, going for my shots. I just took my time, just really tried to forget about that I lost the first set and just start fresh. That’s what I did for the second and third.
“It was important for me to just focus on my game and what I needed to do on the court and not worry about my opponent or the score, things like that.”
Raonic settled in after being pushed to a tie-breaker by Vesely, the world’s top-ranked junior player in 2011, in the first set. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont. cranked out 20 aces ¬¬ he now has 47 in two matches, second-most in the tournament behind American John Isner ¬— and 49 winners while breaking Vesely on six of nine chances.
Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic posted a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over Matthew Ebden of Australia and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in their first-round men’s doubles match.
Bouchard will take on Johanna Larsson of Sweden, an upset winner over 12th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy, in the third round while Raonic will face Frenchman Gilles Simon.