Madrid Championship | Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the main draw

Madrid Championship |  Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the main draw

(Madrid) They will thus be four Canadians to trample on the clay courts of the Spanish capital.

Eugenie Bouchard secured her ticket to the main draw of the Madrid Tennis Championships on Tuesday morning, after narrowly defeating American Elisabeth Mandelik 6-3, 6-2 in the second and final round of qualifying.

Bouchard, who points to 285H She was ranked number one in the world rankings, joining compatriots Bianca Andreescu, Lela Annie Fernandez and Rebecca Marino in the women’s main draw.

The 2014 Wimbledon finalist, Mandlik, had never faced each other before in their professional careers.

The 29-year-old harnessed her power to score four aces against Mandelik, and her first serve also proved more effective than her opponent’s. But Bouchard allowed 147H The world racket to stay in the match by taking three breaks on four occasions, while stealing the American’s serve only three times in nine opportunities in total.

The day before, Quebec took advantage of the abandonment of Spain’s Sarah Sorribes Tormo when leading 6-1, 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs to advance up the standings.

Bouchard is trying to move up the world rankings after reaching the fifth position on October 20, 2014. However, the results are slow to come. She notably lost in the second round of the tournament in Oeiras, Portugal, last week.

Marino will face China’s Lin Zhu later today.

For his part, Andreescu, 23H Madrid’s top seed secured the second-round spot, while Fernandez will have a first-round date with 15-year-old Russian Mira Andreeva.

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