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Bouchard wins Wimbledon opener

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LONDON—Eugenie Bouchard is off to the second round at Wimbledon.

The Canadian beat British wild card Gabriella Taylor 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 today.

A native of Westmount, Que., Bouchard qualified for the main draw with three wins last week.

A finalist at Wimbledon in 2014, Bouchard was forced into qualification after seeing her ranking tumble to No. 191 before the tournament.

The 24-year-old now is ranked 188th while Taylor was No. 180.

Bouchard returned to Grand Slam main draw action at Wimbledon after failing to qualify for the French Open.

The win was just her second in the past four years in the main draw at Wimbledon.

Bouchard next will face No. 17 seed Ashleigh Barty in the second round.

The Australian beat Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 7-5, 6-3 today.

Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in a first-round men's match today.

Kukushkin is ranked 77th, 20 spots ahead of Pospisil, who has lost his past five first-round matches at Grand Slams.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., the No. 26 seed, was scheduled to face Jeremy Chardy of France later today.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. is expected to play his second-round match tomorrow.

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