Bouchard, Raonic post big wins at Madrid Open
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.