It wasn’t the greatest start for Montreal native Eugenie Bouchard at her opening match at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
The event, featuring the top-eight women of the year, is a round-robin format with the eight players in two groups.
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Bouchard is in a group with Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and her opponent today Simona Halep. Bouchard lost the opening four games of the first set on her way to a 2-6 loss. She bounced back in the second set but lost a break that she couldn’t get back.
Halep was dominant on her serve, losing only four first serve points in the match. Bouchard is now in tough having to beat Williams and Ivanovic in order to make the top two and advance to the next round. The top two in each group advance.
Her next match is Wednesday.
Bouchard is currently the No. 5 player in the world, her highest ranking of the year. It is impressive for her even to be in this tournament, and will look to build momentum going into next season where expectations will be even higher.
She isn’t out of anything yet, but I think a bounce back – if not in results, in actual play, will be huge for her confidence.