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Bouchard advances to 2nd round in Australian Open qualifiers in Dubai

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Filed on January 11, 2021
Eugenie Bouchard wants to improve her ranking. — AP

The in-form Canadian has now won 12 of her past 17 matches since professional tennis resumed in August

Eugenie Bouchard eased past Australian wildcard Abbie Myers 6-2 6-3 at Australian Open qualifiers in Dubai on Monday.

The in-form Canadian has now won 12 of her past 17 matches since professional tennis resumed in August after the Covid19 disruption.

Bouchard’s burst to prominence in 2014 but failed to live up to her potential. Once the glamorous Canadian was compared with Maria Sharapova.

The Canadian, who will face China’s Yuan Yue in the second round, is making an attempt to lift her ranking and the Australian Open is her best chance.

“I was just so motivated to change my ranking, because I had to sit there with a bad ranking for months and months and months,” Bouchard said after the match.

Egyptian star Mayar Sherif began her qualifying campaign on a strong note with an easy (6-0 6-1) first-round win over Akiko Omae.

The No.16 seed, who dismantled the Japanese in just 50 minutes, will meet American Grace Min next. Min outclassed Brit Harriet Dart 7-5 6-2. Croatia’s Jana Fett defeated Kaja Juvan of Georgia 6-3 6-1.

Greet Minnen, Lesia Tsurenko and Mihaela Buzarnescu, and Catherine McNally also progressed to the second round of Australian Open qualifiers.

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