Eugenie Bouchard ousted from Sony Open after 3-set loss to Svitolina
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada makes a forehand return to Lauren Davis of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, March 21, 2014 3:38PM EDT
MIAMI - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard went down to a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat at the hands of troublesome rival Elina Svitolina in her opening match at the Sony Open on Friday.
Bouchard got the rivalry going two years ago when she won the junior Wimbledon title over Svitolina.
Since then, the Ukrainian has beaten Bouchard three straight times, including at Indian Wells and in a Fed Cup tie in 2013.
Montreal's Bouchard had an impressive start Friday but was quickly overcome by Svitolina, who spent 98 minutes engineering her comeback, The winner broke Bouchard five times and profited from six Bouchard double-faults.
Bouchard ended with a return error on her opponent's first match point.
Bouchard's life on court has been a challenge since reaching the Australian Open semifinals two months ago, Her best showing since was an Acapulco quarter-final last month before going out in the fourth round at Indian Wells to Simona Halep, the newest member of the top five on the WTA circuit.