Wozniacki, Sivtolina Tuesday Winners In Toronto; Bouchard Bounced By Vekic

Genie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard's mid-season nosedive continued on Tuesday as the Canadian was swept aside 6-3, 6-4 by Croatian qualifier Donna Vekic despite having home advantage and the backing of an excited crowd in a first round clash at the Rogers Cup. Williams is competing in the Canadian tournament for the eighth time and hoping to improve on her runner-up performance in 2014 in Montreal. "I knew that if I played decent tennis my ranking was going to go up again". "Everybody wants to win, but me feeling I did my homework, you know: 'I'm here, I'm ready.' That's helpful".

"I'm concentrating a lot on working hard, being very humble", Muguruza said. "It's always nice to get a nice win in two sets in the first round, so I'm very pleased with that".

Ostapenko, the 20-year-old who won this year's French Open, was cruising through the first set before running into trouble with her serve. That was a really good match, I thought. "I think it's more about how well you deal with it". She was frustrated and had to battle some long games as the back and forth seemed to drain Bouchard while boosting the confidence of Vekic.

Bouchard became a darling of tennis fans across Canada and overseas in 2014 when she reached the semifinals of back-to-back Grand Slams, which were followed up by an appearance in the Wimbledon final loss to Petra Kvitová. And it's been a great year for me.

Montreal has committed 19 unforced errors against only 10 for Vekic, which appeared for the first time in the main draw of the Rogers Cup. That would be the worst thing I could do.

Critics have pointed to those as distractions and reasons for her decreasing success on the court, something Bouchard addressed with Australia's Fairfax Media in January.

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"I mean, I guess I'm relatively young, but I feel old in a way", the 23-year-old said. "I practised with her a little bit last week in D.C., and I think she had a good run last week".

"Two from three (Grand Slam finals) is wonderful so I still think she has a chance to win a Grand Slam and she still has the power to win any of the tournaments", World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova said of Williams during a media session earlier Monday.

Despite the fact she doesn't have a lot of experience on the WTA - Tuesday's was her 62nd match on tour - she tried to treat this match like any other. "Even if it's doubles, and I generally am more of a singles player, it's still pressure of a match and better than practice and more fun than practice".

Wozniacki picked up where she left off to start the second set, racing ahead 0-40 in the opening game.

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

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina joined the Danish star in the third round, as the number five seed saw off Russia's Daria Kasatkina in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4. The sixth seed wrapped up the set in the following game.


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