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Bouchard, Andreescu inside one win of incomes a spot in important draw at Wimbledon

4 Canadians are one win away from reaching the primary draw at Wimbledon.

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., and Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., each received second-round girls’s qualifying matches on Wednesday to advance to the ultimate spherical of qualifying on Thursday.

In the meantime, Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., are within the last spherical of males’s qualifying on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Bouchard beat Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, whereas Andreescu knocked off Yingying Duan of China 6-4, 6-3.

Bouchard, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2014, was pressured to enter qualifying after seeing her world rating tumble to No. 191. The 24-year-old will face No. 97 Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia within the last spherical of qualifying.

Eugenie Bouchard returns a shot throughout her match in opposition to Karolina Muchova on Day Three of Wimbledon qualiifying on June 27, 2018. Matthew Stockman / Getty Pictures

Bouchard confronted criticism on social media and from nattering nabob within the media for giving brief, terse responses in a post-match interview after her first-round qualifying win, however she was a bit extra talkative following Wednesday’s triumph.

“I didn’t really feel I used to be taking part in all that properly,” she instructed the Wimbledon web site. “I’m simply completely satisfied I used to be in a position to hold myself collected within the third and discover a approach.”

When requested what it will imply to qualify for Wimbledon, Bouchard stated, “I’d simply be pleased with myself for going by way of the matches. I’ve a match (Thursday) and that’s all I’m fearful about proper now.”

The 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 184th, takes on No. 128 Antonia Lottner of Germany on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Schnur, ranked 235th, meets No. 200 Christian Harrison of the U.S., whereas the 30-year-old Polansky, at No. 110, faces No. 147 Jason Kubler of Australia.

The 4 Canadians can be making an attempt to affix three Canadian males in the primary draw. Two have been seeded when the seedings got here out on Wednesday — No. 13 Milos Raonic of Thornhill and No. 28 Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. The Grand Slams are given leeway to stray from the rankings, explaining why Raonic has a greater seed than Shapovalov regardless of being behind him on the planet rankings.

The opposite Canadian in the primary draw is Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver.

In girls’s doubles, Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Yifan Xu of China are the sixth seeds.

Bouchard and American associate Caroline Dolehide misplaced their first-round girls’s doubles qualifying match on Wednesday, falling 7-5, 6-2 in opposition to Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands and Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium.

Play in the primary draw begins on Monday.

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