Monday, January 8, 2018

Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International

Eugenie Bouchard beaten in 1st round at Hobart International

Eugenie Bouchard was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka 46 36 at the Hobart International.

It was the latest in a long sequence of early losses for the Canadian, who was named the most improved player in women's professional tennis after reaching the Wimbledon final in 2014.

Bouchard, 23, has struggled since then, sliding from a career-high No. 5 ranking to 83rd.

She made the final at Hobart in 2016, but needed a wildcard to play there this year because the tournament is restricted to 32 players and her ranking did not guarantee her a start.

Her first-round loss to Sabalenka, best known for helping her country reach the Fed Cup final last year, continued her run of early exits.

In 2017, Bouchard was beaten in the first round in 14 tournaments, including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and has made a bad start to 2018, losing all three of her singles matches at last week's Hopman Cup in Perth.

"It's not where I want to be," said Bouchard. "Unfortunately, now I'll have time to practice, in Melbourne."

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