NEW YORK - For the first time in 2014, Eugenie Bouchard will not reach the quarter-final of a Grand Slam. What stood in Genie's way on Monday was the 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova, but the Russian proved to be too much for the Canadian, defeating her 7-6 (2), 6-4.
After a marathon opening set where she lost in a tiebreaker, the 20-year-old Bouchard took a medical time-out as it appeared that she was having difficult dealing with the Big Apple's 30 Celsius heat. The native of Westmount, Quebec, did bounce back after the time-out by Makarova pulled away, winning the set and the match to advance to the US Open quarterfinals.
The 26-year-old Russian will now face the winner of the upcoming match between Victoria Azarenka and Aleksandra Kunic.
For Bouchard, her conflict with the heat was unfortunate and ill-timed, but credit needs to be given where it's due and Ekaterina Makarova was just the better of the two on this day.
As for the Canadian contingent goes, Milos Raonic is still alive as he enters action on Monday night. In his match, he will face Japan's Kei Nishikori will a place in the quarters at stake.