Bouchard, Raonic post big wins at Madrid Open

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

MADRID - Cana­dian ten­nis stars Eu­ge­nie Bouchard and Mi­los Raonic ad­vanced with big wins Wed­nes­day at the Madrid Open. Bouchard, from West­mount, Que., moved on to the women’s quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter top-seed An­gelique Ker­ber re­tired with a left thigh in­jury in the sec­ond set. Bouchard was lead­ing 6-3, 5-0 when her Ger­man op­po­nent pulled out.

While Ker­ber was clearly ail­ing, Bouchard was full value for the win. She hit 19 win­ners and won 7-of-9 break point op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bouchard will next face eighth seed Svet­lana Kuznetsova of Rus­sia to­day. Ear­lier Wed­nes­day, Raonic moved on to the men’s third round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lux­em­bourg’s Gilles Muller.

The world No. 6 from Thorn­hill, Ont., never faced break point and broke Muller twice on five op­por­tu­ni­ties. Raonic, seeded fifth in Madrid, will next face ninth seed David Gof­fin of Bel­gium to­day.

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