Eastbourne Players at Aegon Classic – Day 3
Eugenie Bouchard was blasted out of Birmingham’s Aegon Classic by France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 4-6 6-0.
The Canadian’s latest setback saw her suffer her 10th defeat in 11 matches with Eastbourne next on circuit prior to returning to SW19 where last year she sailed into the final.
Bouchard’s 2015 is on a rapid decline with her set of defeats resulting in her swiftly tumbling out of the world’s top 10.
Bouchard was broken on her serve in the third and ninth games to gift the set to her opponent. The second set was more wayward with shorter games, and just one break was necessary to level matters.
But the third set was a disaster for the Canadian world #11, who lost all three service games for just three points overall, lasting just 27 minutes.
Zarina Diyas, the sole automatic main draw Kazakhstan representative at the 2015 Aegon International, was given a bye after Belarussian Victoria Azarenka withdrew ahead of their clash with a left foo injury.
Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova wrapped up her match against Serbian Aleksandra Krunic with a comfortable 6-2 6-1 triumph in 54 minutes. Kuznetsova, a former Eastbourne and Grand Slam winner, returns to Devonshire Park next week.
Eastbourne-bound duo American Christian McHale and Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova both booked their places in the next Round with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Japan’s Misaki Doi and Czech Lucie Hradecka respectively.
German Angelique Kerber battled past Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4 2-6 6-4, aiming to crack the Aegon International after appearing in two finals over the past three seasons.
Carla Suarez Navarro is another hoping to get plenty of grass court practice ahead of Eastbourne, and the Spaniard crept past Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-2 3-6 6-4 in 116 minutes.
Two Devonshire Park-bound players are battling it out to progress in Birmingham, but Brit Johanna Konta and Czech Karolina Pliskova return to court on Thursday following their match being suspended by bad weather. Eastbourne-based Konta took the opening set 6-3 but Pliskova squared the contest 6-3 and leads 4-3 15-30 on her serve.
A trio of 2015 Aegon International competitors were shown the exit door. Swiss star Belinda Bencic was dismissed by German Sabine Lisicki 6-1 7-6(4), Australian Casey Dellacqua fell 7-6(11) 6-3 to Serbia’s ex-world #1 Jelena Jankovic and France’s Carolina Garcia was given the knockout blow in a one-sided contest by Czech Klara Koukalova 6-3 6-0.