No more for Eugenie Bouchard. La Québécoise, seeded sixth, bowed 6-4, 6-4 to the French Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the International Tennis de France on Tuesday.
Bouchard has clearly more biting it posted in early career on his first serve. She has also managed no aces, against three for the 54th player in the world, on the Suzanne Lenglen court.
The player aged 21 has converted two break points against Mladenovic, but offered too many opportunities to break his opponent. The French received 10 break points, and she converted five en route to a victory in one hour and 18 minutes.
Broken outset, Bouchard quickly pulled herself together and took a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Mladenovic has however benefited from the generosity of the Quebec 4-3 to take control, then clinching the first set.
The French, who was a finalist at Strasbourg tournament last weekend, was then built a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Bouchard then orchestrated an ascent by winning the next four games, but ran out of time and had to admit defeat.
Bouchard has now lost eight of its last nine games – his only triumph occurred at the tournament in Rome, there are two weeks.
She obviously recede during the release of the next WTA rankings because it could not defend his points earned last year on clay in Paris, when she reached the semi-finals of the tournament.
All is not lost for the young woman from Westmount, since it will be able to take mixed doubles with Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
Earlier Tuesday, his compatriot Vasek Pospisil was eliminated in the first round in men’s singles.
The young 24-year-old Canadian was eliminated in three sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 by Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
Pospisil has committed a total of 45 unforced errors, against only 16 per Sousa. The latter also converted seven of his 14 break points, while the representative of the Maple Leaf has converted two of its five occasions.
Sousa, who is aged 26, is currently ranked 44 th in the world ranking ATP players. For its part, Pospisil, a native of Vernon, British Columbia, is at 53 th place.
Milos Raonic, Canada’s top singles player, missed the tournament due to an operation on a foot.