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2015 Australian Open Eugenie Bouchard gets past Caroline Garcia

Crowd favourite Eugenie Bouchard progressed to the Australian Open's fourth round at Melbourne Park on Friday.

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Eugenie Bouchard overcame a first-set test before easing past Caroline Garcia in the Australian Open third round on Friday.

The Canadian seventh seed trailed by a break three times in the first set, which she battled through before recording a 7-5 6-0 win on Rod Laver Arena.

A crowd favourite at Melbourne Park a year ago, Bouchard is on track to match her semi-final appearance of 2014.

The 20-year-old, beaten by Frenchwoman Garcia in Acapulco last year, was below her best but managed to fight through.

Bouchard finished with 14 winners and 17 unforced errors in a solid performance.

The players traded breaks early before both held, Garcia the more convincingly of the two.

Garcia fought back from 40-15 down to break for a 3-2 lead with a backhand winner, but again she failed to consolidate " this time after a marathon 24-point game.

In contrast, Garcia needed just five points in the next game to break for a third time.

For the third time, however, Garcia gave the break straight back as she netted a backhand to leave the match evenly poised at 4-4.

As the breaks of serve slowed, Garcia's unforced error tally rose " and her 24th of the set saw Bouchard take it with a service break in the 12th game.

It was the beginning of the end of Garcia's challenge as Bouchard's consistency saw her roll into a 5-0 second-set lead.

Garcia won just 13 points for the set and her 38th unforced error and 19th off the backhand side saw Bouchard's win completed.

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