WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard in Rare Meltdown, Smashes Racquet in Disappointing Loss at WTA Mexico 2021

Published 03/14/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 07: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts a point while playing Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 07, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


 

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One of Canada’s most prolific players, Eugenie Bouchard competed at the WTA Mexico 2021. During the tournament, she lost in the final to Spain’s Sara Sorrbies Tormo in a match that lasted close to two hours. It was their second meeting and the Spaniard leads the tie 2-0 in her favor.

During the match, Eugenie Bouchard served poorly in the opening set, managed to win only 21.4% of her second serve points. The Canadian starlet got broken twice and failed to win one of the seven breakpoints she received. As a result, Sara Sorrbies Tormo clinched the first set 6-2.

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates a point in her first round match against Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium during day one of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 06, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard smashes racquet which is a rare sight

As the set entered the business end, things started slipping away from the Canadian player. Bouchard seemed frustrated as things were not going in her favor. As a result, she smashed her racquet in an unfamiliar manner, displaying a clear sense of frustration. All of Sorribes’ service games went into deuce in the opening set and having failed to capitalize on her chances, Eugenie was annoyed with herself.

In the following set, both players served averagely. Bouchard won 38.9% of her first-serve points, whereas, Sorribes managed to win 37% of her first-serve points. The Canadian star broke her opponent thrice in the set and the Spaniard broke Eugenie four times, giving her the edge, and claimed the set 7-5.

Due to that, Bouchard’s chance to win a second title in her career was quashed. However, there are a few positives to take from this result. Eugenie will enter the top 100 rankings after a lengthy period. In the past few months, the 27-year-old player has shown signs of improvement after a poor run of results in recent years.

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After failing to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open 2021, the Canadian has done well. Prior to this week’s result, she was the finalist in the doubles category at Lyon Open. As the season is still in the initial stages, Bouchard will look to earn success in the tournaments ahead.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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