Bouchard out at U.S. Open with law­suit still pend­ing

The Daily Herald - - 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 first-round 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 don’t think about it on a daily ba­sis, at all. I have peo­ple, lawyers, work­ing on that side of it,” Bouchard said. “So it’s re­ally not some­thing I think about much at all. Ob­vi­ously, be­ing here, it’s crossed my mind. But be­sides that, I mean, it has noth­ing to do with my day-to-day life.”

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.

When she was at her peak, and a seeded player, an early ma­jor loss by Bouchard was rather news­wor­thy. Her up-and-down 2015 and 2016 have changed that, in part be­cause she is ranked only 39th now, af­ter a best of No. 5.

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