The four Canadians remaining in the U.S. Open singles draws were in action on Thursday and one of them advanced to the third round at the final Grand Slam event of the season in Flushing Meadows, New York.
After his three compatriots were sent packing earlier in the day, Milos Raonic ensured a Canadian presence in the round of 32 with a dominant 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar of Spain. The 22-year-old Canadian, seeded tenth in the tournament, will face no. 23 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain on Saturday.
Despite being up a break in each of the first two sets of his second round match, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) was defeated in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 by Spaniard Tommy Robredo, seeded no. 19. Dancevic was playing in the second round at a Major for the first time since 2008.
On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard went the distance on Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second show court in New York, against world no. 9 and reigning U.S. Open semifinalist Angelique Kerber of Germany. The 19-year-old hit 41 winners in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 loss. In the third match of her comeback from a shoulder injury, Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville,QC) went up against world no. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. The two-time Grand Slam champion was in top form on her way to a 6-1, 6-3 victory. The next tournament for both Bouchard and Wozniak will be the Bell Challenge, a WTA International Series event in Quebec City in two weeks.