The power was out for most of the day at Stade Uniprix on Day 4 of the Rogers Cup, and by the end of the night, most of the wind was out of the tournament’s sails as well.
Make no question about it: Eugenie Bouchard was the star of the Rogers Cup. And the Canadian, who was the No. 5 seed of the tournament, is out almost as quickly as the tournament started losing in three sets to American qualifier Shelby Rogers. The two sets she lost, she failed to win even one game.
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This was Bouchard’s first tournament action since making the Wimbledon final and maybe it was too much to ask for her to come back to the immense pressure that awaited in her home town with such a layoff. In contrast to Bouchard’s break, this was Rogers fourth match in four days since coming to Montreal.
Aug 5, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts in the match against Shelby Rogers of the United States on day two of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Now the tournament, which still features some of the biggest names in women’s tennis. Among winners today were Venus Williams, Aga Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Sam Stosur. Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova are among seeds who have yet to play as well.
However, you can imagine that there will be a lot of disappointed fans and a few more empty seats than organizers would have liked. However, the tournament has always been a good draw and I’m sure it will recover due to the depth of the women’s game.
Tennis Canada must be disappointed that the momentum that was at it’s peak when Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic made the final in Washington, D.C. last week and when they faced off in the semi-final last year in Montreal. Now, only four days into the tournaments, Raonic is the only Canadian left standing.
Bouchard was not the only Canadian to lose in Montreal as Stephanie Dubois lost her first round match to Garbine Muguruza in three sets, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-2.