Thursday 22 March 2018

Bouchard poor form continues with first round French Open exit


Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has lost eight of her past nine matches
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has lost eight of her past nine matches Newsdesk Newsdesk

The losses keep mounting for Eugenie Bouchard, who was so good last year and is having so much trouble nowadays

Exiting in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her nascent career, No. 6 Bouchard became the highest-seeded player bounced from the French Open, losing 6-4, 6-4 to 44th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Bouchard has lost eight of her past nine matches.

“Honestly, I don’t know what to say. It’s been kind of the same as how I have been feeling recently on the court. Just not like myself,” the 21-year-old Canadian said. “I just feel like it’s been a while that this has been happening, and, you know, it’s unfortunate. But, you know, I’m sure one day it will stop.”

Last season, Bouchard appeared to be establishing herself as one of tennis’ next big stars, reaching three consecutive Grand Slam semifinals, including at the French Open. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon but has struggled desperately this season.

Petra Kvitova avoided a similar upset but it was far from comfortable for the fourth seed, who won 6-4 3-6 6-4 against New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic.

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki cruised through in straight sets.

It was business as usual for Rafa Nadal who claimed victory number 67 since making his debut in the event in 2005 with a straight sets win over French teenager Quentin Halys. Novak Djokovic also won through in straight sets.

Irish Independent

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