Toronto | Bouchard slump continues
Eugenie Bouchard, the rising star of world tennis three years ago when she graced the Wimbledon final, made the semis of both the Australian and French Opens to reach a high ranking of No5, has yet to fulfill any of the hopes raised at the time.
I'm obviously a bit low in confidence right now. So it's tough to get through tough matches when you’re in a moment like that Eugenie Bouchard
Currently ranked 70 and requiring a wildcard into her home tournament, the Rogers Cup being played out in Toronto this year, she crashed out in her opening round to Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4 after 94-minutes.
The Canadian, who has just one match win since a second-round exit at the French Open, committed 32 unforced errors, delivered seven double faults and was broken six times by the 21-year-old Vekic,
“I’m obviously a bit low in confidence right now,” Bouchard said. “So it’s tough to get through tough matches when you’re in a moment like that.”
Meanwhile Vekic booked a second-round clash with German third seed Angelique Kerber.
In other first-round matches, 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland continued her dominance of big-serving American CoCo Vandeweghe with a 6-3 6-2 win.
Radwanska, winner of the Canadian crown in 2014 when the tournament was held in Montreal, has won five straight hardcourt meetings against Vandeweghe — who managed to turn the tables in a grass court clash at Birmingham last year.
It was a disappointing early exit for Vandeweghe, who reached the final at Stanford last week to move into the top 20 in the world rankings.
Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova swept past France’s Alize Cornet 6-0 6-1 to book a second-round meeting with the recently established world number one and top seed Karolina Pliskova.
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia downed Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 7-5 6-0 to line up a meeting with second-seeded defending champion Simona Halep, who won the Canadian title in Montreal last year.
The 18-year-old Catherine Bellis of the United States battled back from a set down to outlast Germany’s Julia Goerges 4-6 6-3 6-2.
In second-round action, former world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, seeded sixth, powered through with a 6-3 6-0 win over Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova while the fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine advanced with a 7-6(4) 6-4 win over another Russian, Daria Kasatkina.