Bouchard tum­bles

Cana­dian falls 14 spots in world rank­ings

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

Ser­ena Wil­liams has widened her lead at No. 1 in the WTA rank­ings with her fourth con­sec­u­tive Grand Slam ti­tle at Wim­ble­don while Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard tum­bled 14 spots af­ter a first-round exit at the All Eng­land Club.

Wil­liams now holds more than twice as many points as No. 2 Maria Shara­pova.

Bouchard slipped from 12th to No. 26 af­ter a straight-sets loss to Chi­nese qual­i­fier Ying- Ying Duan. The na­tive of West­mount, Que., who fin­ished the 2014 sea­son ranked sev­enth in the world, has strug­gled in 2015, post­ing just four wins since the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

Novak Djokovic’s third cham­pi­onship at the All Eng­land Club al­lowed him to re­tain his healthy lead atop the ATP rank­ings on Mon­day over No. 2 Roger Fed­erer, the man he beat in the fi­nal.

Shara­pova, who lost to Wil­liams in the semi­fi­nals, rose two spots, while last year’s cham­pion, Pe­tra Kvi­tova, slid from No. 2 to No. 5 af­ter ex­it­ing in the third round.

Gar­bine Mugu­ruza, the 21year-old from Spain who was the run­ner-up to Wil­liams, moved into the top 10 for the first time at No. 9, an 11-spot rise.

The men’s top 10 re­mained un­changed, in­clud­ing Andy Mur­ray at No. 3, Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic at eighth and Rafael Nadal at No. 10.

Van­cou­ver’s Vasek Pospisil rock­eted up 27 spots to No. 29 af­ter mak­ing the quar­ter-fi­nals at Wim­ble­don.

AP PHOTO

In this file photo, Eu­ge­nie Bouchard of Canada re­turns a ball to Ying-Ying Duan of China dur­ing the sin­gles first round match at the All Eng­land Lawn Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships in Wim­ble­don, Lon­don, June 30. It’s been a rough year for Canada’s top fe­male ten­nis player, with her world rank­ing drop­ping pre­cip­i­tously in re­cent weeks.

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