Hertogenbosch - Rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard saw her pre-Wimbledon
preparations go awry after losing to Vania King in the first round of
the WTA/ATP 's-Hertogenbosch Open on Tuesday, but there were no such
problems for Simona Halep.
Former Wimbledon junior champion
Bouchard, who pulled out of last week's tournament in Birmingham after
reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, was beaten 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 by
King, meaning she will arrive at next week's tournament at the All
England Club with just one grass-court match under her belt this season.
world number 13, who also made the last four of the Australian Open in
January, raced through the opening set backed by a pair of service
But the 20-year-old was pegged back in the second set with American King, ranked 75th, capitalising on a lone break of serve.
was forced to fend off a pair of break points at the start of the
deciding set but the third seed came unstuck in her following service
game as King made the vital breakthrough to take a 2-1 lead.
had opportunities to pull herself back into the match as four break
points came and went with the Canadian struggling to find her rhythm on
the grass before King sealed the contest after just over two hours on
Second seed Dominika Cibulkova was also sent tumbling out
in the Netherlands after losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to Kazakhstan's Yaroslava
With the top players falling all around her Halep, the
defending champion, made sure she didn't add her name to the list of
The top-seeded Romanian brushed aside Belarusian Olga
Govortsova 7-5, 6-2 in her first match since a narrow defeat to Maria
Sharapova in the French Open final.
Halep, ranked a career-high
third in the world following her Paris exploits, will face German
youngster Annika Beck in the second round.
Her path to retaining
the title seemingly became even more straightforward after fifth seed
Andrea Petkovic of Germany was sent packing by Slovak Magdalena
Rybarikova 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5 in round two.
quarter-finalist Garbine Muguruza swept aside Yvonne Meusburger of
Austria 6-4, 6-1 in her second-round match, while fellow Spaniard Carla
Suarez Navarro, who also reached the last eight at the French Open,
eased past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-2 in round one.
second seed Fernando Verdasco, the highest-ranked player in the field
following the withdrawal of compatriot David Ferrer, recovered from a
slow start to beat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the
Spanish third seed Roberto Bautista Agut also breezed into the last 16 with a routine 6-1, 6-3 win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.
Halle finalist Alejandro Falla was unable to repeat last week's heroics
as he was dumped out at the first hurdle by eighth seed Juergen Melzer