Thursday afternoon brought with it some surprising results in Belgium, as three of the top seeds at the Diamond Games were ousted from the tournament, including top seed Eugenie Bouchard.
The slew of upsets began with second seed Angelique Kerber, who was downed at the hands of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. The Italian needed just 57-minutes to defeat Kerber 6-1, 6-1. She even won nine consecutive games at one given time during the lopsided encounter.
“For me it was a great match because I was able to play the tactics I wanted to play,” Schiavone said. “I knew it would be a good opportunity for me today, and I’m happy with the way I played.”
The second upset of the day was the untimely exit of Eugenie Bouchard, who lost to Germany’s Mona Barthel in three sets. The Canadian stormed to a 3-0 lead in the match but quickly fizzled away and allowed herself to be broken back. While she eventually won the opening set, she watched her lead evaporate over the coming two sets, where she won a mere three games overall to lose the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
“It’s always tough to play against Genie. She plays so well, you really have to play your best,” Barthel said afterwards. “But today I was able to play my game, play aggressive and come into the net. At the end I had some nerves, but I’m happy I could play well to finish it. It’s a great win for me.”
And to cap the day off, French No. 1 and seventh seed Alize Cornet lost to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 6-2.
The remaining seeds now are Lucie Safarova, Carla Suárez Navarro, Dominika Cibulkova, and Karolina Pliskova.