Bouchard makes early exit, drops to 12-17

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

Mon­treal’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard has been elim­i­nated from the first round of the U.S. Open, fall­ing 7-6 (2), 6-1 to Rus­sia’s Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina.

Fac­ing dou­ble match point, Bouchard sent a back­hand into the net as her record dropped to 12-17 on the sea­son.

Bouchard, ranked 76th in the world, has failed to make it past the sec­ond round of her last eight tour­na­ments, start­ing with a sec­ond-round exit at the French Open.

On Wed­nes­day, the na­tive of West­mount made 46 un­forced er­rors, com­pared to 18 for Ro­d­ina.

Bouchard con­verted three of her four break point op­por­tu­ni­ties, but strug­gled to hold serve. Ro­d­ina broke Bouchard five times on nine chances.

Ro­d­ina, ranked 89th in the world, next faces fourth seed Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine.

In men’s ac­tion, Van­cou­ver’s Vasek Pospisil re­tired from his match with Spain’s Fer­nando Ver­dasco af­ter los­ing the first set 6-2.

Pospisil, who has been both­ered by back pain and strug­gled through the open­ing set, met briefly with train­ers dur­ing the changeover be­fore with­draw­ing.

Later Wed­nes­day, De­nis Shapo­valov of Rich­mond Hill, Ont., de­feated eighth­seed Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga of France, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

CLIVE BRUNSKILL/ GETTY IMAGES

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard re­turns a shot Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Open.

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