Slumping Bouchard impressive in 1st round win at U.S. Open

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard celebrates her win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus during their match at...

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard celebrates her win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

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, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

It may be just what she needs.

Eugenie Bouchard, who has been in a tailspin since losing in the Wimbledon final in early July, made quick work of her first round opponent at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

Needing only 59 minutes, the tournament's seventh seed defeated Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 at Louis Armstrong Stadium in New York. It's only Bouchard's second win in five tries since falling in straight sets to Petra Kvitova at the All England Club.

"I'm happy to get a match under my belt and want to keep it rolling this week," Bouchard said in an on-court interview following her victory over Govortsova.

Bouchard – a 20-year-old rising star in women's tennis as the only WTA player to crack all three Grand Slam semifinals this year -- capitalized on Govortsova's 17 unforced errors and looked better as the match wore on.

The Belarusian failed to convert on three break points with the first set knotted at 2-2. The second set saw Bouchard take full control, as Govortsova managed only four winners.

"I love playing the Grand Slams," Bouchard added, "and just want to raise my level at the biggest stages and the biggest matches."

Romania's Sorana Cirstea will meet Bouchard Thursday to play out a second-round match.

Bouchard and Cirstea, a 24-year-old who is ranked 81st in the world, have never faced each other. Cirstea cruised past Britain's Heather Watson on Tuesday, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

In 2013, Bouchard's U.S. Open debut, she was ousted in the second round, dropping a three-set match to the tournament's eighth seed, Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Bouchard is the lone Canadian woman to advance as the opening round wraps up.

On Monday, Toronto's Sharon Fichman was handled with ease by fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-0. Montrealer Aleksandra Wozniak was also eliminated in straight sets, losing to Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-1. Lastly, 17-year-old Francoise Abanda lost to Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 7-5.

Canada's best hope on the men's singles side, Thornhill Ont.'s Milos Raonic, is back in action on Wednesday.

After winning in straight sets over Japan's Taro Daniel on Monday, the U.S. Open's fifth seed meets German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who is ranked 124th on the ATP Tour.


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