2016 Mallorca Open

Beaten Bouchard stunned by Sevastova

Latvian world #82 ends Canadian’s Mallorca dream

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard was on the wrong end of a 6-3 6-3 scoreline at the inaugural Mallorca Open, soundly beaten by little-known Latvian Anastasija Sevastova.

The Canadian, who enthused about the new tournament following yesterday’s triumph, was lost for words after being outsmarted by the world #82.

Bouchard was buoyant in blasting her way through the 1st Round in straight sets against Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic, only to wobble throughout her next match.

Eight double faults and dropping her service game five times points to her current weakness that she needs to address before next week’s Aegon International at Eastbourne and then Wimbledon – where she finished runner-up just two seasons ago.

Currently languishing at world #47, Canadian tennis pin-up girl, was deemed the next hot-shot in her breakthrough season of 2014.

The 22-year-old was destroyed 6-2 6-0 Belgian Elise Mertens at the Ricoh Open in the Netherlands last week – a result that stunned the 2012 Junior Wimbledon winner.

Sylvian Bruneau, the Canadian Fed Cup captain, explained: “She hits the ball well on training bit needs to translate that into matches.

“I’ve always had confidence in her and know that she’ll come back strong in tournaments that she loves.

“Eugenie is accustomed to raise her game in Grand Slam events, but before Wimbledon – where she seems at ease there will Eastbourne.”

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