Bouchard blocked in the first round in simple


Unfortunately, her struggles continued Tuesday as she lost in the first round to Donna Vekic, 6-4, 6-2.

Vekic, who will face World No. 3 Angelique Kerber in the second round, won her spot in the main draw via a two-round qualifying tournament over the weekend.

Bouchard, who made a name for herself when she reached the Wimbledon final in 2014 after two straight Grand Slam semifinal appearances, has failed to make it past the second round in five straight tournaments.

Yes, Bouchard is still relevant to Canadians and to this tournament, but she might not be relevant much beyond that, having fallen on hard times and all the way down to No. 70 in the world after having, at one time, climbed as high as No. 5.

"I think she's a good player", Bouchard said. "I'm definitely very pleased and was a little bit nervous serving it out. So, you know, someone else can carry the burden of Canada".

Eugenie Bouchard still feels the pressure ahead of her first match at the Rogers Cup, even if the women's event isn't in her hometown of Montreal this year.

Bouchard serves during her first round loss. "I think it's more about how well you deal with it. If my career were to end tomorrow it would have all been worth it".

Canadian Denis Shapovalov advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory against Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil. Bouchard replied "yes and no".

"I mean, I guess I'm relatively young, but I feel old in a way", the 23-year-old said. I Hope i'm wrong and she explodes back, who knows, maybe the U.S. Open will be her latest 15-minutes of fame. Some days I feel like I'm better at dealing with it than others. That would be the worst thing I could do. I really want to go out and go for it, not hold back or let nerves or pressure dictate the way I play. Her best showing at a Rogers Cup came previous year in Montreal, when she lost to Slovakia's Kristina Kucova in the third round. The top Canadian was sent packing in straight sets in her first round match, but a few hours later, returned the court and scored an impressive doubles victory with singles world number one Karolina Pliskova. The two beat Dominika Cibulkova and Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2.

When asked about playing doubles, something Bouchard has not done much of in the past, the Canadian explained "it's something I thought about doing a little more to get more match play".

The 18-year-old trailed 4-6 in the second-set tiebreaker but saved all four match points he faced to force a third set.

He next faces ninth-seeded Belgian David Goffin, a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victor over Japan's Yuichi Sugita.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Agnieska Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina, Ashleigh Barty, Caroline Garcia and Magdalena Rybarikova also advanced.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki eased into the third round of the Rogers Cup as she secured a convincing win over Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova at the Aviva Centre in Toronto.