One of the favourites to go deep and certainly Canada’s best hope to win the tournament, Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated from the Rogers Cup on Wednesday night at the hands of Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
The 19-year-old Canadian knew she was in tough against Kvitova who entered this tournament as the defending Rogers Cup champion.
“I felt like I wasn't playing my best, especially serving‑wise,” Bouchard told reporters in her post-match press conference. “I usually rely on my serve to dominate the point and control. I wasn't doing that as well today, so I was definitely a little bit frustrated.”
Bouchard’s exit along with the elimination of Sharon Fichman means that there are no Canadian women left in singles play.
In the doubles draw, though, the aforementioned Fichman will be teaming up with Ottawa native Gabriela Dabrowski to take on the team of Austria’s Sandra Klemenschits and Olga Savchuk of the Ukraine.
The Canadian duo of Fichman and Dabrowski entered the doubles draw as a wild card before upsetting the No. 8-seeded team of Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Czech Lucie Safarova.
The duo will now prepare for their second-round matchup slated to go Thursday afternoon with a trip to the quarter-finals on the line.
Wednesday was certainly a disappointing day for the Canadian women but the hometown fans here in Toronto are hoping two of their own in the doubles draw will give them a silver lining this week.