Bouchard, Raonic move on to Round of 16

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic became the fourth and fifth Canucks to make the...

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic became the fourth and fifth Canucks to make the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard became the fourth and fifth Canadians to reach the Round of 16 of a Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Saturday.

The two rising stars of international tennis both grabbed straight-set wins after a lengthy rain interruption delayed matches for almost five hours.

Bouchard defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, 6-3, 6-4, while Raonic defeated Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-2. The Thornhill, Ont. native hit more than 30 aces and 50 winners against Kubot, breaking only twice with six unforced errors.

“I was able to be dominant on my serve, I only lost nine points on it,” Raonic said after the match. “But at the same time, I didn’t really have my opportunities. I played a few good points in tiebreaks and he was able to have hold on.”

The two young Canucks join Carling Bassett-Seguso (1983, 1986), Patricia Hy-Boulais (1996-1997), and Daniel Nestor (1999) as the only Canadians to make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

For the first time in his career, Raonic has won three in a row at the All England Club. Bouchard, meanwhile, is coming off two impression showings in Melbourne and Paris where she was a semi-finalist in both tournaments.

Bouchard now plays France’s Alzie Cornet, who knocked off top seed and five-time champ Serena Williams.

Also on Saturday, Canadian Vasek Pospisil and his doubles teammate Jack Sock’s match against Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi was postponed due to heavy rain.

Francoise Abanada of Montreal, Que. also saw her match cancelled due to heavy rain. She is set to play Jaqueline Adina Cristian of Romania in the first round of Girls’ Singles.


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