New York - Once
the poster girl for the future of women's tennis, Eugenie Bouchard
suffered another painful US Open exit Wednesday, even if this time it
was on court rather than the shower room.
The 23-year-old Canadian slumped to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 loss to Russia's
Evgeniya Rodina in the first round, 12 months after also falling at the
"It's one of those matches you kind of want to forget about," said Bouchard.
"I know obviously the unforced error count was a bit too high,
especially at the end of that first set. Yeah, I just didn't really know
what to do out there."
One thing she is definitely doing is pursuing legal action against
the tournament hosts, the United States Tennis Association, after she
suffered a concussion slipping and falling in the locker room during the
She was forced to withdraw before her fourth-round tie and won just one more match that season.
Against that bitter background, even Bouchard admitted she was
surprised to be given the honor of playing first match on the showcase
Arthur Ashe stadium on Wednesday.
In many eyes, it was a strange decision for a tie featuring players ranked at 76 and 89.
"I'm able to concentrate on the tennis when I'm here, but, I mean, I
definitely have bad memories from here two years ago," said Bouchard,
confirming that her legal case is still in progress.
It's all a long way from the golden season of 2014 when her
girl-next-door looks, easy-going personality and media friendly
appearances were lapped up after she made the Wimbledon final and
semi-finals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
But three years on, her career is in freefall after having been ranked at four in the world in 2014.
On Wednesday, Bouchard had chance after chance to impose herself on Rodina.
She led 6-5 in the first set and was a break up at 1-0 in the second before she lost six games in succession.
The blonde Canadian hit 46 unforced errors in an ugly snapshot of her season so far.
"My confidence is not high at all at this point in time, and I
definitely had question marks about what my level would be like coming
out today," she said.
So far in 2017, Bouchard made the third round at the Australian Open,
second round at Roland Garros and was a first-round casualty at
She has just one run to a quarter-final and that came on the Madrid
clay, where she downed Maria Sharapova on her way to a season-best
Since the French Open, she has won just two matches on tour.
However, she is determined to scale the heights again, a sentiment
summed up by the legend on the front of her T-shirt she wore for her
Results from day 3 of the US Open on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):
Taro Daniel (JPN) bt Tommy Paul (USA) 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Yuichi Sugita (JPN) bt Geoffrey Blancaneaux (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 6-0
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x26) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Aleksandr Dolgopolov (UKR) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (CZE x15) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)
Guido Pella (ARG) bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-1, 6-2, 6-0
Donald Young (USA) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
Gael Monfils (FRA x18) bt Jérémy Chardy (FRA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-4
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x7) bt Václav Šafránek (CZE) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Blaž Kavcic (SLO) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Adrián Menéndez (ESP) bt Patrick Kypson (USA) 6-4, 7-6 (11/9), 6-1
Adrian Mannarino (FRA x30) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)
Dominic Thiem (AUT x6) bt Alex De Minaur (AUS) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Verónica Cepede (PAR) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
Jennifer Brady (USA) bt Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Ana Bogdan (ROM) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Monica Niculescu (ROM) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x14) 6-3, 6-2
Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) bt Katerina Siniaková (CZE) 6-0, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) bt Eugénie Bouchard (CAN) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1
Tatjana Maria (GER) bt Ashley Kratzer (USA) 6-1, 6-1
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2