EUGENIE BOWS OUT EARLY,
TORONTO — Donna Vekic of Croatia downed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, 6-3, 6-4, in first-round play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Vekic, ranked 51st in the world, will face third-seed Angelique Kerber in the second round.
Playing in her main draw debut at the Rogers Cup, Vekic broke the 70th-ranked Bouchard six times and won 17-of-27 first-serve points at Aviva Centre.
Bouchard started the match on the wrong foot, getting broken in the first game after a lengthy back-and-forth. Vekic held serve then broke her again for a 3-0 lead.
Bouchard was 2 for 3 on break points during the first set, but Vekic broke the Canadian four times, including the deciding game — a 10minute long affair that saw the opponents hit deuce six times.
Bouchard fired two aces, but double faulted five times to Vekic’s three in the first set. She had 19 unforced errors to Vekic’s 10.
Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., remains Canada’s top women’s singles player, despite falling from a career-high No. 5 ranking in 2014 to her current No. 70. She played her first-round doubles match with World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova later Tuesday against Dominika Cibulkova and Kirsten Flipkens.