Canadian Eugenie Bouchard ousted in second round at Wimbledon

Ruben Hill
July 10, 2018

Gavrilova's 6-4 6-1 victory over fellow Australian Samantha Stosur has edged the 23-year-old to within a win of her long-time goal of reaching the second week at a major outside of Melbourne. A native of Westmount, Que., Bouchard qualified for the main draw with three wins last week. Taylor is No. 180.

"I'll then head to Gstaad back on clay for a week then onto the States for a couple of weeks practice".

"I have always deep down had the belief in the tough moments of the match". I got mobbed after the match, pretty much. I feel good right now.

The 45-year-old Nestor, who plans to retire after the upcoming Rogers Cup in Toronto, won back-to-back Wimbledon men's doubles titles with Nenad Zimonjic in 2008 and 2009.

While Gavrilova entered uncharted waters with the breakthrough win, Stosur - Australia's only grand slam singles champion in the past 16 years - exited before the third round for the 12th time in 15 Wimbledon appearances. "I wasn't able to play tournaments for a little bit, which was super frustrating, but it nearly motivated me more as soon as I came back".

The loss continues Bouchard's recent struggles in Grand Slam tournaments.

Eugenie Bouchard's four-match winning streak is over - and so is the Canadian's run at Wimbledon.

Bouchard won 73 per cent of her points on first serve, as compared to just 59 per cent for Taylor.

Like Barty, Bouchard is also a former Wimbledon junior champion, but it was the Australian who made the first statement with five aces in her opening two service games.

"I felt like I had to get on the ball early and hurt her before she does", Gavrilova said.

"I feel like this last month on the grass has maybe unlocked something. I had a lot of momentum going my way and all of a sudden it just slipped away from me".

"I didn't have to save match points (like at Roland Garros) and I haven't been down like three breaks". But it's a mob of love, so I liked it. The sixth-seeded women's doubled team of Dabrowski and China's Xu Yifan defeated American Alison Riske and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-8.

"I think she's playing great", Bouchard said of Barty. "I really want to raise my level and try and play my best tennis against her and see what happens". "You know, me and Benoit know each other pretty well, practised a ton".

Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in a first-round men's match on Tuesday.

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