Last year, Eugenie Bouchard made history as the only Canadian player (male or female) to reach the final of the Wimbledon Championships, where she finished runner-up to Petra Kvitova. Now, nearly a year later, Bouchard is a shadow of her former self, as she crashed out of the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event in Holland.
Seeded No. 1 at the s-Hertogenbosch event, Bouchard played three sets against Yaroslava Shvedova and was close to securing the victory before she wilted away to allow a comeback from the No. 76 Kazakhstan native. Bouchard dropped the opening set, then rebounded emphatically in the second frame and even led 4-1 in the deciding set before she lost the next five consecutive games and, evidently, the match.
Shvedova withstood five aces, won 66% of her first service points and saved six break points to close out the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in one hour and 54 minutes.
Bouchard, clearly dejected following the loss, admit that she loves the grass court surface and expected to play with more confidence given her exceptional performances last season.
“I love grass. I think it’s my favorite surface,” she said. “I have great memories from last year, and I think it really suits my game – the ball bounces low, and the grass is just so pretty and nice.
“When I go to Wimbledon I’ll have memories from last year popping into my head, which will hopefully give me confidence that I’ll play really well, but right now I’m still just taking it one match at a time.”