Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Quebec began the game with intent clear, not hesitating for a second to deploy an aggressive game.
In playing with fire, Eugenie Bouchard is burned. The Quebec has been impressive at times on Tuesday at the Rogers Cup, but his journey montreal has, nevertheless, taken late in the first round in the aftermath of its defeat in two sets of 6-2 and 6-4 in the face of the Belgian Elise Mertens, ranked 15th in the world.
Montreal opened the game with intent clear, not hesitating for a second to deploy an aggressive game. She has placed her opponent in trouble a few times over the handle initial, but it has also made mistakes which is not caused, which have cost many points.
Bouchard, 129th in the standings of the WTA tour, has seen his opponent to break his service at the first game, and then two other times during the run. Trailing 5-0 after only 22 minutes of play, the Quebecer was able to rediscover the smile marking the end two points, one on the service of Mertens, but the Belgian is in spite of everything managed to impose 6-to-2.
Quebec had played a good innings and would have been able to know a different fate, had not been the bullets escaped on his forehand. Not slowing down ever, the frame rate, it has carried out several hits which were raised by the gathered crowd at the stadium IGA.
The former player of the “top 10” of the world has continued on its momentum in the second set, but this time with much more success. Always on the offensive, she broke the service of his opponent to quickly take the lead 3-0.
The wind, however, has turned after the third game — and the visit of the physiotherapist in the camp Bouchard. Mertens has registered with the scoring on her service, then on that of Bouchard, and then again on his own to make it 3-3.
The favorite of the crowd then momentarily lost the beautiful composure of which she showed since the start of the match, finding the net rather than the lines. Broken on his service in the seventh game, she has not been able to go up the slope by the result, which allowed Mertens to spin to victory.
Rising stars, falling, flag
In the other matches of the day, the favourites Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova have won without problems their first game of the tournament, but the experience has had on the youth in two fights.
The British Johanna Konta came back from the rear face of the young sensation of latvia of 21 year-old Jelena Ostapenko (11th seeded) for the win in three innings, while the Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro, who reached the main draw through the qualifications, got the better on another rising star, the Japanese 20-year-old Naomi Osaka (17th).
Bothered by an arm injury suffered last week, the 7th favorite of the tournament, Garbine Muguruza, was also announced Tuesday his withdrawal from the Rogers Cup. It will be replaced by the puerto Rican Monica Puig.
The Canadian Carol Zhao, 137th in the ranking of the WTA, has not made weight in front of the Dutch Kiki Bertens, who needed only 55 minutes to win.
In the evening, the Québec Françoise Abanda will play against the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.