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Dismal start for Bouchard on grass

2015-06-09 18:36
(File, AFP)

S-Hertogenbosch - Back on her favourite surface, top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard lost in the first round at the Topshelf Open on Tuesday.

Bouchard, who last year became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon, was beaten by Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

Bouchard reached three consecutive Grand Slam semi-finals last year, but is going through a difficult season, having lost nine of her past 10 matches, and dropped out of the top-10 rankings.

She lost her opening match at the French Open.

In men's play, seventh-seeded Fernando Verdasco defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 6-2 in an all-Spanish first-round match. No 6 seed Adrian Mannarino of France and No 8 Joao Sousa of Portugal also advanced.

Verdasco will be up against local favourite Robin Haase for a place in the quarter-finals.

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