Bets For US Open Trophy In Canada Not Paying Out

The US Open shifts into quarterfinal mode later this week as the top contenders narrow in on the Grand Slam trophy at the end of the tournament.  But the quarterfinals will be played without any Canadians in competition, a first for the Grand Slam matches this season.

Eugenie Bouchard from Montreal and Milos Raonic from Toronto were both eliminated in the fourth round of their respective singles series.  The two young stars are Canada’s number one players, and are becoming ambassadors for Canada in the game of tennis all around the world.

Genie was the first of the two to go down, playing in a mid afternoon game during a brutal New York City heatwave.  The match actually required a medical time out as officials were worried about the health of Genie and her opponent, Ekaterina Makarova in the heat.

Unfortunately Genie appeared to stumble throughout the game, mirroring her struggles in series on the road to the US Open.  While she put up a tough fight in a close 7-6 loss in the first set, she was unable to hold her own in the second and eventually lost 6-4 to Makarova.

Despite ending her shot at the US Open title, Genie finishes the season with the best Grand Slam record on the women’s tour this year – with 19 wins and only 4 losses.  She finishes the year ranked within the top 10 on the Women’s Tennis Association standings, but admitted after the loss to Makarova that she was not playing at her best in New York.

“I’m always disappointed to lose, but especially when I wasn’t at my best.”

When Genie was eliminated, it fell to Raonic to keep Canada in the hunt for its first US Open trophy.  Unfortunately in a match that ended around 2:30am EST in New York, Raonic was also knocked out of contention in a five set loss to Kei Nishikori from Japan.

Raonic played in what is currently the longest match at the US Open, and is on par with record setting matches in previous seasons.  Raonic drew first blood by winning the first set 6-4, but let up in the second set just enough for Nishikori to win 7-6 in four extra games.

The third set was another back and forth between the two before Raonic eventually won 7-6 in six extra games.  But after playing such intense middle sets, the Canadian appeared to run out of steam as the match extended into the fourth and fifth sets.  In the end, Nishikori took them both 7-5 and 6-4, effectively ending Canada’s hope of betting on a tennis Grand Slam.

Like Genie, Raonic saw his star rise throughout the 2014 season and also finishes the year as one of the top 10 ranked professional players in the world.  He was also complimented by members of tennis’ Big Four as having “one of the best serves in the world.”