Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard advance at Indian Wells
Raonic returns from injury; Bouchard defeats Sloane Stephens
Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard both advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., on Saturday.
Raonic moved on in straight sets, defeating Inigo Cervantes of Spain 6-1, 6-3 and Bouchard battled American Sloane Stephens to a 7-5, 7-5 win.
It was Raonic's first competitive singles match since falling to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals in January.
The 25-year-old was hampered by a torn adductor muscle in that four-hour marathon match with Murray and was forced to take a break from on-court training.
It was great to be back out there competing, and playing well after being sidelined for a while.… <a href="https://t.co/as0k4ciCDh">https://t.co/as0k4ciCDh</a>—@milosraonic
Raonic is seeded 12th in the tournament
Murray was also succesfull at Indian Wells on Saturday, beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3),, while Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Richard Gasquet and No. 13 Gail Monfils also advanced with straight-set wins.
Meanwhile, defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber of Germany made an early exit, falling 7-5, 7-5 to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic in the opening match of the day on the main stadium court.
Fourth-seeded Angelique Garbine Muguruza of Spain dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to American Christina McHale, and sixth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain withdrew because of a right ankle injury.
Seventh-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland survived with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over U.S. wild-card Lauren Davis, and No. 9 Roberta Vinci of Italy held off Margarita Gasparyan of Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5).
With files from The Associated Press