(New York) Eugenie Bouchard could hardly dream of a more favorable. After the elimination of Ana Ivanovic, Carla Suarez Navarro and Jelena Jankovic in the first round of the International of the United States, the Québec could reach the quarter-finals before having to face a player ranked before it.
If Bouchard wins his match of the second round today against Slovenian Polona Hercog, 64e player in the world it could be measured in the next round of the Slovakian Dominica Cibulkova, 50e world, or to the American Jessica Pegula, 260e.
In the fourth round, Bouchard could return to the Italian Roberta Vinci, 43e world, which has rossée last week at the Open of Connecticut. A victory for the Quebec might enable him to play a second match against the Russian Ekaterina Makarova, 13e head of series, in the quarter-finals at the US Open.
Last year, Bouchard was lost to Makarova.
No training for Raonic
A day after being pleased with his physical state, Milos Raonic was forced to cancel their training session yesterday because of a sore back.
The Canadian, who must face this afternoon, the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, has been annoyed by these same back pain during the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, where he was taken out in the first round by another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez.
After his win on Monday against American Tim Smyczek, the 10e player in the world said that his body had “held up”. It is without doubt rejoiced too soon.
Operated to a foot last spring, Raonic has been bothered by injuries for a good part of the summer of 2015.