MELBOURNE, Australia — A resurgent Eugenie Bouchard continued her injury comeback with a straight-sets win Monday in first-round action at the Australian Open.
The 21-year-old from Westmount, Que. dispatched Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-4 in just over an hour. She hit 14 winners in the match and had 14 unforced errors.
The 37th-ranked Bouchard is playing in only her fourth tournament since sustaining a concussion when she fell in the dressing room at last year’s U.S. Open. She will next face Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in second-round play.
Radwanska advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Christina McHale of the United States.
Earlier this month, Bouchard made it to the quarter-finals at the Shenzen Open and then followed that up by reaching the final at the Hobart International.
In men’s singles action, Canadian Vasek Pospisil was eliminated at Melbourne Park after falling in four sets to France’s Gilles Simon.
The 25-year-old from Vancouver dropped a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 decision to his 14th-ranked opponent in a match that lasted two hours 47 minutes. Unforced errors cost Pospisil heavily — he had 55 of them to just 18 for Simon.
Pospisil used his powerful serve to win the first set in 45 minutes. He held an 8-0 edge in aces but committed 16 unforced errors.
Trailing 3-1 in the second set, Pospisil called a medical timeout and went through stretching exercises on his lower body with a trainer, but returned to play shortly after. Simon went on to win the set in 52 minutes as Pospisil made 17 more unforced errors compared to the Frenchman’s three.
Simon needed only 31 minutes to win the third set and 39 minutes to take the fourth, which ended when Pospisil returned a serve long on match point.
Pospisil held the edge in aces (19-2) and winners (45-12), but was undone by his own mistakes.
Meanwhile, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., opens his tournament against France’s Lucas Pouille on Tuesday.