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Canadians move on to third round at Wimbledon

Canadians move on to third round at Wimbledon

By Asif Hossain

Canada’s singles giants were at it again in Wimbledon on Thursday with Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard winning respective second round matches in straight sets.

For the second consecutive outing Raonic made quick work of his opponent on grass beating American Jack Sock in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The Canadian Olympian is set to meet Lukasz Kubot from Poland next.

This marks this first time Raonic – seeded eighth – has advanced to the third round at Wimbledon.

Another Olympian, Veteran Frank Dancevic pulled off an upset in the opening round but his run in London ended Thursday with a second round loss to Kazakhstan player Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

Bouchard meanwhile, followed up a competitive first set to completely overtake her match in the second frame winning 7-5, 6-1 over Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa. The 13th seed will now face a very strong challenger in Andrea Petkovic of Germany, a fellow French Open semifinalist this year.

This is the second consecutive year that Bouchard has reached the third round at Wimbledon.

In men’s doubles play a day earlier, Olympic champion Daniel Nestor and his Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic won their opening match beating the Italian duo of Paolo Lorenzi and Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-4. German pair Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff awaits the Canadian and his doubles partner in the second round.

UPDATE: Friday, June 27 at 4:28 p.m. ET

Nestor and Zimonjic deafeated Brown and Struff 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and booked a place in the third round. Next up are Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) and David Marrero (Spain) for Nestor/Zimonjic.

By Asif Hossain

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