Eastbourne - Belinda Bencic reached her second grass-court quarter-final of
the summer on Wednesday, with the Swiss teenager advancing 6-4, 3-0 as opponent
Eugenie Bouchard retired injured in Eastbourne.
Bouchard, the seventh-seeded Canadian whose prospects for repeating her
Wimbledon final of a year ago are looking exceedingly dim, lasted 54 minutes
before calling for the trainer to treat an apparent abdominal injury.
The Canadian could now face a fitness race before the Monday start at the
All England club.
After a consultation, Bouchard retired to send Bencic into a Thursday
contest against the winner from Spanish 14th seed Garbine Muguruza and Briton
Bouchard reached three Grand Slam semi-finals in 2014 but has now lost 11 of
her last 13 matches in a slump dating back to mid-March.
Bencic, meanwhile, reached the final on grass in the Netherlands 10 days
ago, losing to Camila Giorgi.
She broke Bouchard three times as the Canadian suffered at Devonshire Park.
"I'm not very happy with how the match ended, I wish Eugenie well in
time for Wimbledon," said the 31st-ranked winner. "But of course I'm
glad to reach the quarters.
"I was very nervous at the start of the match and I didn't play my best
today. My serve helped me out and got me some free points.
"In the second set I relaxed and played well. I can be very nervous
sometimes but I try not to show it on court. I'm getting better now at winning
the tight matches."
Bencic is playing Eastbourne for a second year after losing in the opening
round in 2014.