Genie’s rising ranking (and bank account)

MELBOURNE – Not only is Genie Bouchard making a major splash at this year’s Australian Open, she’s also vaulting up the rankings.

That’s what you can do in a Grand Slam, with all the ranking points at stake – if you can do what she’s done.

Think about it: a year ago at this time Bouchard was ranked No. 145, played the qualifying here, and lost in two tiebreaks in the second round of qualies to former junior rival Daria Gavrilova, who is a month younger than she is.

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Oz Day 8 – dubs, oldsters, Genie and Daniel

MELBOURNE – Less than a day after making the quarterfinals in singles, Genie Bouchard was to be back on court today – twice – in the third round of the women’s doubles and the first round of the mixed with Aussie Sam Groth. She and partner Vera Dushevina lost the doubles. And she pulled out of the mixed.

Daniel Nestor also had a doubleheader, in men’s doubles and in mixed with Kristina Mladenovic. And he was 2-for-2.

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Bouchard in the Oz Open quarters, to meet Ivanovic

MELBOURNE – We’ll call it the Betty vs. Veronica Australian Open quarterfinal.

And for the second match in a row, Canadian Genie Bouchard will be on Rod Laver Arena facing an opponent who is hugely popular in this country.

Sunday night, she battled conditions, nerves and a stadium full of Aussie supporters to defeat Casey Dellacqua 6-7 (5) 6-2, 6-0 and set a date with Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday.

Our Yahoo piece is here.

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