Tennis: Bacsinszky stops Bouchard to reach French Open third round

Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky celebrating during her match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the French Open in Paris on May 26, 2016.
Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky celebrating during her match against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the French Open in Paris on May 26, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (Reuters) - Swiss eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky recovered from a shaky start and survived a nervy finish to beat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4 in the French Open second round on Thursday.

Bacsinszky, who reached the semi-final at Roland Garros last year, fell 4-1 down in the opening set as 2014 runner-up Bouchard came out firing. But she bagged 10 games in a row as her 47th-ranked opponent melted down on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Bouchard, who also reached the 2014 Wimbledon final and climbed as high as fifth in the world before slumping, clawed back from 0-5 down in the second set. But a relieved Bacsinszky finally sealed victory.

Bacsinszky will face either American Irina Falconi or Pauline Parmentier of France in the third round.