Genie: Last year’s Canadian darling returns to Aussie Open

The draw has been set; Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic will vie for Canada's first-ever Grand Slam singles title in tennis

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard rose to fame

It’s been a full year since Eugenie Bouchard stormed into the Australian Open semifinals, rising to prominence, global fame, and up the women’s ranking.s

12 months later – after three more majors, including a narrow runner’s up finish in Wimbledon – Bouchard is back in Melbourne, now seeded seventh in a wide-open field. (American Serena Williams is first, Maria Sharapova second, and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fourth. Last year’s champion, Li Na, retired from the sport.)

The bracket for the 2015 Aussie Open was unveiled on Friday, with Na and 2014 men’s champion Stan Wawrinka down under to draw for the year’s first major, which starts January 19 at Melbourne Park.

Read: Men’s and Women’s Rankings – 2015 Australian Open

Bouchard has yet to win a major in her still-very young career. She kicks off her Aussie Open against unseeded German Anna-Lena Friedsam.

The 20-year-old Montrealer was in Melbourne on Friday, practicing for the tournament’s start. (The first round for Men’s and Women’s run on Monday and Tuesday.)

Toronto’s Milos Raonic, who last year fell in the Australian Open’s third round, comes in ranked eighth for Melbourne.

Raonic will face a qualifier in the first round, and then most likely Donald Young in the second round.

Both Bouchard and Raonic were named female and male athletes of the year by The Canadian Press for 2014, and both turned Canada into a tennis nation last summer, when they each made their final fours at Wimbledon.

Neither won but, hey, that’s what Melbourne’s for.

Just Posted

UPDATE: West Shore RCMP reunite camera with owner

Police sought public’s help to identify people photographed on the camera with record-time results

Beware of geese: Nesting season may trigger aggressive behaviour

Greater Victoria residents will have to be wary of nesting geese in the area

Greater Victoria leaders coming together to talk diversity and equity

Royal Road University’s Inclusion Project engages community stakeholders from public, private sectors

Royal B.C. Museum faces space, seismic standards and accessibilty issues; calls for public input

People can share their ideas online and in person from April 1 to June 27

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

BREAKING: BC Ferry crashes into Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

The controversial pipeline was bought by Ottawa last year

Refugee who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong arrives in Canada

Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana arrived in Toronto this week

New UMSCA trade deal getting a boost from Trump, business groups

The trade deal is designed to supplant the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trudeau says he, Wilson-Raybould had cordial conversation last week

Trudeau denies anything improper occurred regarding SNC-Lavalin and the PMO

Most Read