Eugenie Bouchard was the finalist at last year’s Wimbledon and now she’s out in round one, falling to a Chinese Wimbledon debutante without Grand Slam match wins to her name! Of course, a lot has happened in the one-year period and the highly-marketable Canadian has now lost 12 of her last 14 matches, which will be reflected in her upcoming fall in the rankings, to a position in the 23-25 range.
The 12th-seeded Bouchard lost to world No.117 qualifier Duan Ying-Ying 7-6(3) 6-4 and we can only speculate whether this is finally rock bottom or the slump can get even deeper. Bouchard said that her preparations for Wimbledon were minimal, as she should have skipped the tournament because of her grade two abdominal tear, but simply had to show up since its her favorite event. Remember, at last week’s Eastbourne Bouchard retired in her second match, citing an ab injury.
What’s more, thanks to Ben Rothenberg‘s tweet I learned that Bouchard received a Wimbledon dress code violation, as a black bra was showing beneath her white bra. You know what they say, misfortune never comes alone.
Another big upset on Tuesday included the loss of third seed Simona Halep, who was a semifinalist last year. The Romanian, who admitted to having low confidence now, lost in the first round to Jana Cepelova 5-7 6-4 6-3.
Impressively, defending champion Petra Kvitova needed just 35 minutes to advance to the second round with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Kiki Berthens. Thirty-five minutes! Kvitova lost just one point on serve! (photo: Jimmie48)