LONDON--Nothing like the first time.
For 23-year-old Vasek Pospisil, finally winning a main draw match in his third visit to the green lawns of Wimbledon had to come with a sense of relief and accomplishment.
For 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, playing in The Championships for the first time as a pro, it felt familiar.
Either way, Canada went 2-0 on the opening day of Wimbledon today, more heartening results for a small tennis nation trying to become a big one.
Pospisil, of course, has gained some measure of tennis fame in the Great White North through his Davis Cup performances over the past three years. For the most part, he hasn't been able to translate that to the ATP tour, but today against veteran Marc Gicquel of France he was utterly dominant in a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory.
The Vancouver native, now ranked 103rd in the world, pounded 25 aces past Gicquel, volleyed effectively and played with great confidence to get the win. Two years ago he fell in the qualification tourney, while last year he lost to Sam Querrey in the first round.
Bouchard, meanwhile, won the Wimbledon junior singles and doubles titles last year, but found the going a great deal more difficult against 28-year-old Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.
Bouchard lost the first set 7-5, and Voskoboeva appeared poised to close it out serving for the match at 6-5 in the second. But Bouchard broke her opponent to create a tiebreak, fell behind 0-4 in that tiebreak before charging back to win it and force a third set.
She then captured that set 6-4, with a frustrated Voskoboeva hurling her racquet to the turf on match point in utter frustration.
"It was definitely a tough battle," said Bouchard. "I didn't play my best, but I fought my hardest. A few times I was pretty close to losing, but I was able to fight and stay in the match and I'm happy I was able to do that."
Bouchard now faces former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, the 12th seed here, in the next round. Pospisil takes on No. 20 seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
Canada's No. 1 male player, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, gets into action on Tuesday.