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Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard eliminated from Australian Open in third round

Posted on 20 January 2017 by TSL

 

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Canada's Eugenie Bouchard fought hard in the final set, but ultimately fell short in her third-round match at the Australian Open, losing to Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Friday. The American won the match in two hours and 22 minutes. In the final set, Vandeweghe got her second service break of the match to level the score 4-4 on Bouchard’s fourth double fault. At 5-5, Vandeweghe held her serve before getting the decisive break. Vandeweghe, ranked 35th, had a 40-21 edge in winners. She also won 85 per cent of the points on her first serve.

Vandeweghe meets No.1 ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany in the next round of 16.

Bouchard, ranked 47th, held her serve to start the second set. She lost a 40-0 lead, but rebounded to win the game.

Vandeweghe lost the second game on a double fault and then a Bouchard ace helped her roll to a solid 3-0 lead. Bouchard went on to win the second set.

Vandeweghe won the first set riding her powerful serve, which Bouchard couldn’t solve.

The two players had played only once before and Bouchard had prevailed in two sets at Indian Wells two years ago.

Bouchard’s best performance in Melbourne was in 2014, when she reached the semifinals.

Watching the match at the Rod Laver Arena was Martina Hingis, a former champion who won in Australia in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

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Rogers Cup serves Eugenie Bouchard some painful lessons

Posted on 28 July 2016 by TSL

'I was not able to control my emotions' says player.

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 29, 2016. (Courtesy).

Bouchard MontrealEugenie Bouchard both thrilled and disappointed the hometown crowd with her performance at this year's Rogers Cup in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/ The Canadian Press)

The Westmount, Que., native thrilled her hometown crowd with wins over higher-ranked Lucie Safarova and Dominika Cibulkova in the opening two rounds, then dashed their hopes by wasting a lead and losing a third-round match to unheralded Kristina Kucova, a hard-working Slovak who got to the main draw through the qualifying tournament.Pressure and expectations brought out the best and worst of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the women's Rogers Cup.

After the defeat, Bouchard spoke of the pressure to win at home, to reach a quarter-finals and to come through in a match she was expected to win.

"I do think the pressure got to me a little bit, especially being here in Montreal, trying to make quarters," Bouchard said after the match. "Also, having all the attention on me three days in a row takes a lot of energy out of me. I was not able to control my emotions as well."

Kucova savours moment 

Bouchard won the first four games against Kucova and looked to be in control, but gradually lost it against an opponent who doggedly returned ball after ball. Waiting for the nervous favourite to make mistakes proved a solid strategy for Kucova, who was beside herself with joy after the upset win.

"This is my best moment so far in my tennis career," said 26-year-old Kucova, who shrieked and threw herself on the court on match point. "I was working for this moment all my life.

"I'm just so happy about it. I don't know if my life will change. I don't think so. But I will remember this moment, that I beat Genie in Montreal and I broke into the top 100."

Nerves a recurring theme

It was painful to watch for Bouchard's supporters, including Federation Cup team captain Sylvain Bruneau who leaves Monday night with Bouchard and doubles specialist Gabriella Drabowski of Ottawa for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He said pressure played "a big part" in Bouchard's exit.

"She started well and was not able to maintain it," said Bruneau. "And when it got a little tougher she had many, many missed opportunities and it just added up.

"At some point she got extremely frustrated. It was not good for her to focus on it but she knew deep down it was a match she should win. Then she got tense, a little tight and started to miss a little more. I noticed her ball speed on her serve and her movement went down a notch and her opponent went up. We saw the shift."

It has been a recurring theme for Bouchard this year.

In her breakthrough season in 2014, the athletic right-hander looked to have nerves of ice as she reached the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens and then became the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon final.

But everything went south in 2015, where she struggled to win any match. She seemed to revive at the U.S. Open, but lost in the fourth round and then slipped on the locker-room floor and suffered a concussion.

This year, she has shown her old form in flashes, winning in early rounds only to stall. She reached finals in Malaysia and Hobart, a quarter-final in China, and the third round at Wimbledon, where she lost to Cibulkova.

Painful lessons 

"She's only 22," said Bruneau. "It's all about learning and getting better from these losses and I'm sure she will get something out of that match [with Kucova], as painful as it was.

"And I hope she gets something from the first two matches because there was a lot there."

It didn't help that Bouchard had to deal with a stomach problem after her second round match, although she said it was not a factor.

She also arrived to some negative press, with local columnists taking her to task for everything from her English-accented French, calling herself Genie instead of the French version Eugenie, saying at the Citi Open last week that she may stay in Washington to visit museums rather than go to the "craziness" in Montreal and generally not making more of an effort to connect with her hometown fans.

Bouchard did some fence-mending during the week, taking part in fan events, giving interviews and, most of all, playing well on court until running into Kucova.

"I think the media in Montreal are very tough with her," said Bruneau. "I'm biased because I know her well and I really like her.

"She's an outstanding girl. She's funny, charming, smart. I know sometimes she might say something at a press conference and people will pick on that, but sometimes she's treated a bit unfairly."

© The Canadian Press, 2016 
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Eugenie Bouchard defeats Angelique Kerber, on to third round of Italian open

Posted on 11 May 2016 by TSL

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount rallied from a service break down in the third set and went on to upset No, 2-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 Wednesday in the second round of the Italian International tennis championships in Rome.

It was Bouchard’s first win over a top-10 player since September 2014 when she beat Caroline Wozniacki  of Denmark.

Bouchard had a 4-1 lead in the second set but Kerber battled back to force a third set.

Bouchard will meet Czech Barbora Stryckova for a spot in the quarterfinals. Bouchard is currently ranked No, 46 while Styckova is No. 34.

On Tuesday, Montreal’s Bouchard defeated former No. 1 ranked Jelena Jankovic to earn a spot in the second round. 

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Canada’s Milos Raonic & Eugenie Bouchard race into French Open quarters

Posted on 01 June 2014 by TSL

PARIS — Eugenie Bouchard raced into the French Open quarterfinals by beating eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes on Sunday.

The 18th-seeded Canadian wasted no time, opening up a 5-0 lead in just 16 minutes. The Montreal native, who reached the Australian Open semifinals this year, next plays either No. 14-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain or the unseeded Ajla Tomljanovic. They were playing later Sunday.

"I just felt good out there, I executed my game plan really well, so I'm happy with that," said Bouchard. "There are always things to improve, and I'm just going to focus on that tomorrow and try to do even better my next match."

Kerber, a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros two years ago, made a string of unforced errors and Bouchard broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set when Kerber returned long from the back of the court.

Trailing 5-2, Kerber played with the strings of her racket as she hunched forward on her chair, her head bowed. Bouchard, by contrast, sat upright, taking a few deep breaths to compose herself before serving out the match. She clinched victory on her first match point when Kerber — a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist — made another unforced error, this time as her wild forehand sailed out.

"I'm confident and I really believe in my skills. I believe I can play with the best girls out there," Bouchard said. "She's top 10, so I respect her. She can play some really good tennis. I was really mentally prepared for anything, for a battle."

With the top three women's seeded players out, Maria Sharapova remains the favourite to win the tournament for the second time. The seventh-seeded Russian later played Samantha Stosur.

Bouchard`s dominant victory over Kerber stretched her winning streak to nine straight matches — the longest of her career. And it lifted her career record against top 10 opponents to 5-10.

Her victims this season have also included No.10 Sara Errani at Indian Wells in March and No.8 Jelen Jankovic last April in Charleston.

Men's eighth seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., was attempting to join Bouchard in the last eight as he faced Spain's Marcel Granollers. Raonic is the first Canadian man to play in the fourth round at Roland Garros.

In men's fourth-round action later Sunday, second-seeded Novak Djokovic was playing No. 13-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; fourth-seeded Roger Federer took on Ernests Gulbis; and sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych faced No. 10-seeded John Isner.

There were two third-round matches remaining, with seventh-seeded Andy Murray and No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber deep into a fifth set, and No. 12-seeded Richard Gasquet up against Fernando Verdasco.

– with files from The Canadian Press


Milos Raonic becomes first Canadian man to reach French Open fourth round

Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic joined her, but his road to the second week at Roland Garros was more gruelling.

Raonic battled to win the fourth five-set match of his career Friday as he overcame crowd favourite Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to become the first Canadian men’s singles player to advance past the third round in Paris.

Raonic, the men’s No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., needed more than three hours to beat France’s Simon. After the match Raonic called the win one of the biggest of his career.

“This win is definitely up there,” he said. “It’s a new territory I’m putting myself in at this tournament, because I was able to fight and get through in important moments and give myself an opportunity to win.

“There’s still a lot more work to do, but it’s a good thing. But I’m not really overly excited about it. There is a lot more I want to do, so I’m just really focused in the moment.”

 

 


 

 

 

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