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Updated: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:05 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

U.S. Open: Eugenie Bouchard steps into spotlight



Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., talks Sunday to reporters prior to preparing for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., talks Sunday to reporters prior to preparing for the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Eugenie Bouchard hopes to shake that post-Wimbledon hangover when she begins play at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., made history at Wimbledon as the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final. But she was routed 6-3, 6-0 by Petra Kvitova and things haven't gone much better since.

Bouchard is 1-3 in three hard-court tuneups since, including an upset loss in her first match in the Rogers Cup, her home tournament in Montreal.

Still, she's the only woman to reach the semifinals at each of the year's first three Grand Slam events.

Bouchard is seeded seventh at Flushing Meadows and faces Olga Govortsova in the first round.

Prime time for Townsend

Taylor Townsend doesn't get to ease her way into her first U.S. Open: Centre court. Prime time. Serena Williams.

The 18-year-old American faces the two-time defending champion under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday. It will be just her third Grand Slam tournament. In her first, she made the third round at this year's French Open.

Knocking on the door of the Top 100 in the rankings, Townsend got into the U.S. Open on a wild card.

Williams said she's jealous that the former top-ranked junior is a southpaw. It turns out that the No. 1 player in the world has always dreamed of having the sort of spin that left-handers get on their groundstrokes.

Young Americans

Townsend is part of a wave of up-and-coming U.S. women showing promise that they could someday emulate the success of the Williams sisters.

Another teen, Madison Keys, is seeded 27th. She plays Tuesday against Jarmila Gajdosova at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Four other Americans ranked in the Top 50 also start Tuesday.

Alison Riske opens the day on centre court against eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic. Lauren Davis faces 24th-seeded Samantha Stosur, the 2011 champion. Christina McHale plays Chanelle Scheepers and CoCo Vandeweghe meets Donna Vekic.

Kvitova's quest

Wimbledon, with its white tennis outfits and strawberries and cream, gives off a refined air that makes Petra Kvitova feel comfortable. The rowdy crowds in New York? Not so much.

The Czech left-hander has won two titles at the All England Club, but has never made the quarter-finals at the U.S. Open, which she says does not quite fit her quiet personality.

After her first Wimbledon title in 2011, she lost in the first round in New York. Coming off her second, she hopes to finally break through this time around.

The third-seeded Kvitova rides the momentum of a hard-court title in New Haven, Conn., on Saturday.

She opens against France's Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday.

Federer streaks

Roger Federer is playing his 60th straight Grand Slam tournament, extending his own record. He hasn't lost in the first round since the 2003 French Open.

The second-seeded Federer opens the night session Tuesday against Marinko Matosevic of Austria.

Federer won 6-1, 6-1 on the hard court at Brisbane earlier this year in their only meeting.

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