Eugenie Bouchard beats Serbia's Jovana Jaksic at Fed Cup
Canadian cruises to 6-1, 6-0 win
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard beat Serbia's Jovana Jaksic in straight sets 6-1, 6-0, in World Group II action at the Fed Cup on Saturday.
Bouchard's win gave Canada a 2-0 lead over the Serbs in the first-round tie at Montreal's Claude-Robillard Sports Complex.
Earlier in the day, Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak beat Serbia's Vesna Dolonc 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Bouchard, ranked No. 19 on the WTA Tour, made quick work of her opponent, winning in straight sets in under an hour of work.
Already leading 5-1 in the first set, Bouchard fired a forehand winner out of Jaksic's reach on set point.
In the second set, Jaksic, ranked No. 149 and making her Fed Cup debut, couldn't do much to slow Bouchard down, winning only six points.
Bouchard, who only made two unforced errors in the second set, won the match when Jaksic sent her final shot long.
The 19-year-old from Montreal created a buzz last month by reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open, the first Canadian woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in 20 years. But eventual tournament champion Li Na of China ended Bouchard's impressive run with a straight-sets win.
Prior to Saturday, Jaksic and Bouchard had never faced each other on the court.
Bouchard will play 117th-ranked Dolonc on Sunday, with Wozniak then facing Jaksic. Fichman (ranked No. 112) and Dabrowski (No. 224) will team up in doubles against Krunic (No. 152) and Stojanovic (unranked).
The winner of the tie will have the opportunity to advance from the World Group II to the World Group, which includes the world's eight best teams.
Canada will also have the chance to avenge a 3-2 road loss to Serbia in a 2011 Group II that ultimately relegated the Canadians to a lower division.
Up 5-4 in the afternoon game, Wozniak, ranked No. 274, came to the net on match point, forcing Dolonc to miss the baseline.
"I was extremely emotional," said Wozniak after the win. "I play with a lot of emotion when I play for my country."
Down 1-5 in the first set, Wozniak made adjustments to her game and began dictating the run of play. She won the next five games, breaking Dolonc's serve twice in the process, to take a 6-5 lead.
In the deciding game, Wozniak completed the comeback when Dolonc hit the net to double fault on set point.
"It was a joke for me to get to 5-1," said Dolonc. "But then she started finding her game. It was getting tighter and tighter. She was feeling more confident, and I was feeling less confident."
Dolonc handily took the second set 6-2, breaking Wozniak's serve on three occasions.
"It was tough to come backBouchard," said Dolonc. "I'm always fighting. It was disappointing. But it was a very good game, and I played with all my heart. That's the main thing for me."
Wozniak beat 24-year-old Dolonc in straight sets in their only previous encounter in the first round of last year's U.S. Open.