Bouchard out, but suit far from over

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich

NEW YORK — Eu­ge­nie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news con­fer­ence. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm.

While her body lan­guage screamed dis­com­fort Tues­day, when the main topic of dis­cus­sion was Bouchard’s on­go­ing law­suit against the U.S. Open rather than her firstround loss, her words were mea­sured. The once ris­ing star an­swered ev­ery ques­tion.

A year ago at Flush­ing Mead­ows, Bouchard got a con­cus­sion from a fall at the fa­cil­ity and with­drew be­fore play­ing in the fourth round, and then missed most of the rest of the sea­son. She filed suit against the U.S. Tennis As­so­ci­a­tion in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Brook­lyn in Oc­to­ber, and that case is still pend­ing, putting the 2014 Wim­ble­don run­ner-up in the odd po­si­tion of com­pet­ing this week at an event whose or­ga­niz­ers she is su­ing.

“If I sit down and think about it, yeah, it’s def­i­nitely a strange sit­u­a­tion. But it’s some­thing that’s so far in the back of my mind. ... I have peo­ple, lawyers, work­ing on that side of it,” Bouchard said.

Her 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 exit against 72nd-ranked Ka­te­rina Sini­akova of the Czech Repub­lic, a player who only once has been as far as the third round at a ma­jor tour­na­ment, was filled with 46 un­forced er­rors by Bouchard, who also was treated for blis­ters on her feet. It rep­re­sented the lat­est early loss for a 22-year-old Cana­dian who reached three Grand Slam semi­fi­nals two years ago — and none since.

In other first-round ac­tion on Day 2, No. 1 seed Ser­ena Wil­liams started her bid for a record-break­ing 23rd ma­jor ti­tle, hit­ting 12 aces in a 6-3, 6-3 vic­tory over Eka­te­rina Makarova.

There were var­i­ous up­sets dur­ing the af­ter­noon, in­clud­ing 19-year-old Amer­i­can Jared Don­ald­son’s 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 elim­i­na­tion of 12th-seeded David Gof­fin, and a loss by No. 29 Sam Quer­rey, who stunned No­vak Djokovic at Wim­ble­don. Three seeded women de­parted, in­clud­ing for­mer No. 1 and 2008 French Open cham­pion Ana Ivanovic.

RAY STUB­BLEBINE/EPA

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard hits a re­turn dur­ing her open­inground loss to Ka­te­rina Sini­akova on Tues­day at the U.S. Open.

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