Andreescu outlasts Bouchard at Rogers Cup

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Teenager Bianca Andreescu defeated Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Canadian first-round matchup at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday night.

 Andreescu, in her first match since re-aggravating a shoulder injury at the French Open in May, started slow but finished strong to take the match in two hours nine minutes under the Aviva Centre lights.

She won the deciding point when Bouchard sailed a return wide. Andreescu, who had been animated throughout the match, replied with a slight fist pump before hugging her Fed Cup teammate at the net.

Andreescu won 69 per cent of her first-service points, converted 6-of-12 break points and saved 4-of-8.

But she looked to be in trouble early on.

Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., broke Andreescu in the match's opening game and set the tone for the first set. But Andreescu responded impressively with three breaks in second set in front of a split crowd that took turns cheering on both players on centre court.