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French Open: Eugenie Bouchard beaten, Serena Williams cruises

Paris: Timea Bacsinszky’s love affair with Roland Garros continued yesterday when she swept aside struggling Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open.

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard wipes her face during her 4-6, 4-6 French Open second round loss to Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky. pic/afp

A semi-finalist last year, where she lost to eventual champion Serena Williams, the Swiss eighth seed trailed  1-4 in the first set before she took control, winning 10 games in a row to serve for the match at 5-0 in the second. Bouchard, a French Open semi-finalist in 2014, the year she rose to fifth in the world, staved off defeat by winning that game but went on to lose the first set and was tamed in the second too, as the Swiss ace powered her way into the third round.

Meanwhile, top seed and defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Teliana Pereira of Brazil.

It was a routine victory for the world No 1 that keeps her on course to win a 22nd Grand Slam title and equal the modern day record of 22 set by Germany’s Steffi Graf in Paris in 1999. 

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