TENNIS: Former world No.5 Eugenie Bouchard has shown glimpses of her old self in a confident start to the Australian Open.
The Canadian was a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2014 but has steadily slipped down in the rankings in one of tennis's more puzzling declines of recent times.
The glamorous world No.112 is mainly in the news for reasons other than her tennis these days, most recently her dating exploits with a Twitter fan over an infamous NFL Superbowl bet.
But her tennis did the talking in an impressive 6-3 7-6 (7-5) win over 21-year-old Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin on Tuesday.
While Bouchard smashed young Aussie Destanee Aiava at the Kooyong exhibition this week, this win ended a streak of six straight losses in WTA singles compeition.
It is her first win since beating American Lauren Davis in New Haven in late August.
Bouchard's hopes of getting on a roll in Melbourne aren't helped by the draw. She next faces world No.1 Simona Halep in the second round.
However there may be a glimmer of hope, with Halep rolling her ankle in a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over Aiava in the first round.
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