PARIS - It was a successful Grand Slam debut for Eugenie Bouchard.

The Montreal native defeated Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 7-6(2) Monday to reach the second round of the French Open.

The 19-year-old Bouchard, who won the junior women's crown at Wimbledon last summer, is playing in her first Grand Slam main draw.

She could face defending champion Maria Sharapova in the next round if the Russian defeats Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei.

Meanwhile, Ottawa-born Jesse Levine was eliminated in his opening match, falling 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 to Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Bouchard, ranked No. 77 in the world, won the first set in 25 minutes but needed a tiebreaker in the next set to secure the win.

She broke her opponent four times on 10 chances and produced 27 winners.

Levine, who recently switched allegiances to play for Canada after representing the U.S., ends his brief spring clay season with a 0-2 record at the ATP level after qualifying for the Madrid Masters.

The Ottawa-born Levine was playing at Roland Garros for the second time and stands 1-2 for his career at the venue after winning a round a year ago.

He had a brief flicker of hope early as he earned the first break of the match for a 3-1 lead in the opening set. But the 13th-seeded Nishikori quickly regained control in the next game.

"We know each other pretty well," said Levine. "Kei might have been a bit nervous at the start, he was not playing like himself at all.

"He then played a good game to break me, once he gets on a roll, I know I'm in trouble. His level is higher than mine and I'm not used to his kind of pace."

Levine said he needs to work with his coach to raise his game.

"I hit what I think is a good shot and it comes right back and me and ends up hurting me," he said. "That's something I need to work on, I'll be discussing it with my coach. Kei played well, credit to him today."

Levine was not helped by five double-faults and losing serve eight times in the 90-minute match. Levine managed nine winners to 26 for Nishikori and was burdened by 33 unforced errors.

Montreal's Eugenie Bouchard makes her Grand Slam main draw debut against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova later Monday.