Bouchard gets bounced in first round

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard has been elim­i­nated from the first round of the U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment.

She fell 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 the past eight tour­na­ments she has par­tic­i­pat­ing in, start­ing with a sec­ond-round exit at the French Open.

On Wed­nes­day, the na­tive of West­mount, Que., 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.

CLIVE BRUNSKILL, GETTY IMAGES

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard re­turns a shot to Ev­geniya Ro­d­ina of Rus­sia dur­ing her 7-6 (2), 6-1 first-round loss Wed­nes­day at the U.S. Open.

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