Eugenie Bouchard outlasted Virginie Razzano in their second round women's singles match on Wednesday afternoon, winning 6-2 7-6(10) to advance to the third round of her first Australian Open.
After a breakout 2013, No.30 seed Bouchard showed Australian crowds the form that saw her charge up the world rankings after falling in the second round of qualifying for last year’s event.
They liked what they saw.
The 19-year-old attracted an impressive crowd to Show Court 2 late on Wednesday afternoon, the Canadian didn’t disappoint against her experienced opponent.
Considered the WTA's new poster girl, Bouchard showed that for all the glamour, there is plenty of talent, racing to a 3-1 first-set lead on the back of an early break.
Unlike her first round clash, she was able to consolidate the break, despite a scare on her own serve in the following game.
Forced to a tiebreak by world No.487 Chen Tang Hao in the opening round, Montreal-born Bouchard produced a comprehensive display to take a one-set advantage in 35 minutes.
If the first set showed off her calibre, the second highlighted her character.
With only one third-round appearance at a Grand Slam under her belt, Bouchard lost control of the momentum as Razzano stamped her authority on the second set.
The French veteran - in her 13th Australian Open - broke consecutive Bouchard service games to hold a 4-1 lead as she looked to level the contest.
Bouchard looked slightly broken, but never out, and with the crowd in her corner she launched a comeback. Winners started to come from the Canadian’s racquet, including a down-the-line scorcher to break Razzano and cut the score to 2-4.
It proved to be the catalyst as the world No.31 held a tight service game before breaking the Razzano serve once again to put the set back on level terms.
Bouchard produced a nervous and untimely double-fault as Razzano went 5-3 up in the tie-break.
She came back. Razzano had a set point, and Bouchard came back again.
Eventually, on Bouchard’s seventh match point, the victory was completed as the Canadian released a sigh of relief after winning 12-10 in the tiebreak.
Bouchard hit 17 second-set winners, completing her comeback in a set which lasted 82 minutes.
Bouchard left the court with a koala in hand - a gift from her parochial fan base - and advances to a third-round encounter with the winner of Wednesday night’s clash between American Lauren Davis and German Julia Goerges.