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Tennis: Glam rock as Bouchard, Ivanovic progress at US Open

Published on Aug 27, 2014 4:36 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Photo favourites Eugenie Bouchard and Ana Ivanovic eased into the US Open second round on Tuesday while five-time champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams were set to take centre stage under the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights.

Canadian seventh seed Bouchard, the Wimbledon runner-up, eased past Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 6-1, slamming the brakes on her post-All England Club slump which had brought her just one win coming into New York. Bouchard is one of four Canadians in the main draw this year, the most since 1989 and is aiming to keep up her record of having made at least the semi-finals at all the majors in 2014.

Former French Open champion Ivanovic, the eighth seed, eased past Alison Riske of the United States, 6-3, 6-0 in a tie which featured eight breaks of serve. It was a performance which suggested the Serb is getting back close to her best in a year which has seen her beat Serena Williams in the Australian Open fourth round, claim three titles and return to the world's top 10 for the first time in five years.

"Last year has been an amazing change for me. I learned a lot about myself, about my goals, who I am as a person and who I want to be," said Ivanovic, a US Open quarter-finalist in 2012.

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