Genie Bouchard Out In Madrid Only Weeks From French Open

Things are getting worse for Eugenie Bouchard.  Canada’s star attraction in the world of tennis played a career defining year on the 2014 WTA Tour, but has struggled to find her form in the middle of the 2015 season.

Bouchard was drawn into the Madrid Open this week, one of the warm up events ahead of the French Open at the end of May.  In last year’s Grand Slam, Genie advanced to the semifinals at Roland Garros before losing to eventual French Open champion Maria Sharapova.

However, the odds of a repeat or even better performance are looking less likely for Canada’s number one star.  Genie has not won a match since the BNP Paribas Open in March, and also lost both Canadian Fed Cup matchups last month.

The road didn’t get any easier for Genie when she hit the court in Madrid.  Drawn into an opening round against lower seeded Barbora Strýcová, Genie was the betting favourite to advance into the second round.

The match began highly in favour of the Canadian.  Genie swept Strýcová through the first set of the match, and appeared to be rebuilding her confidence after a disappointing April.

Unfortunately the wheels came off again in the second frame.  After taking a 3-1 lead in the first half, Genie gave up five consecutive set points to draw even with Strýcová heading into the third frame.

The third set began just as tumultuously for Genie, who fell behind 4-1 halfway through the frame.  The scene was all too familiar for the fans of last year’s breakthrough star as she continues to grow increasingly uncomfortable with the attention from the media.

A quick break to speak with her coach seemed to recharge Genie as she won back her serve, earned a break point, and converted into a set point to narrow the gap to 4-2.  But the momentum quickly faded away when Strýcová answered back with hard serves of her own, and Genie was eliminated from the competition with a final score of 6-0, 3-6, 3-6.

Genie’s match record is now 6-8 this season and over half of those wins occurred at the Australian Open in January.  Her next opportunity to rally ahead of the French Open will be at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome beginning May 11th.  If Genie and her fans are betting on contention at the Grand Slam, the trip to Rome needs to pay off handsomely.