2016 French Open

Bouchard’s topsy-turvy Paris exit

B‎izarre contest ends Canadian’s dream

Eugenie Bouchard became the latest Eastbourne-bound casualty at the French Open.

In a bizarre match, where players took it in turns to dominate, the charismatic Canada was dumped out of the major in straight sets.

Timea Bacsinszky, the Swiss #8 seed who has also signed up for next month’s Aegon International, progressed 6-4 6-4 in an entertaining encounter.

Bouchard soared into a a 3-0 lead and was 4-1 ahead before she collapsed.

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The blonde bombshell was completely outsmarted on the red clay for virtually an hour, unable to provide an answer to the determined Bacsinszky and lost an incredible 10 games on the bounce.

Having been in total control in the opening set then staring defeat in the face by trailing 5-0, Bouchard suddenly upped her game and battled bravely back.‎

With nothing to lose Bouchard, willed on by the fervour fans, remarkably reeled off the next four games to become a whisker of levelling matters in the second set.

Timea Bacsinszky

Timea Bacsinszky

Bouchard, a 2014 French Open semi-finalist, after holding her serve to love then faced Bacsinzsky serving to wrap up the match.

‎Bacsinzsky slipped to to a 15-40 scoreline but kept her nerve to peg back the next point. Bouchard’s next error, a strong forehand shot that was out an inch long, took the game to deuce and left the crowd on a knife-edge.

Former waitress Bacsinzky, who is heading to Rio 2016 as a potential medallist, did not wobble this time and wrapped up the match to earn an extraordinary and memorable victory.

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