Montreal Masters: American qualifier Shelby Rogers stuns Eugenie Bouchard
Montreal Masters: American qualifier Shelby Rogers beats Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 to stun home favourite
Eugenie Bouchard looked to take positives from a second set fightback as the Wimbledon finalist suffered a shock loss to American qualifier Shelby Rogers in Montreal on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old has been one of the form players of 2014 after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros before a straight sets loss to Petra Kvitova in the final at SW19.
I’m happy I was able to at least prove to myself that I could turn things around and not let the match run away from me completely. That’s definitely a positive from the match
And Bouchard appeared to be struggling with that loss and the pressure of playing in front of her Canadian fans at the Rogers Cup as her opponent stormed to a 6-0 first set.
The fifth seed did manage to respond to claim the next set 6-2 but Rogers wrapped up the match and her first victory over a top-10 player in emphatic style, taking the final set 6-0 in 29 minutes.
“I think I was feeling the pressure a little bit on the court – I felt a little match rusty, kind of,” Bouchard said.
“But I knew coming into the match that I can’t use those as excuses. I knew it would be kind of a difficult situation. But I’m happy I was able to at least prove to myself that I could turn things around and not let the match run away from me completely. That’s definitely a positive from the match.”
On Rogers, Bouchard added: “She was solid the whole match – she never really sprayed too many balls, and she was always there.
“Whenever I let up a little bit, which I think I did in the third, she was all over it. She definitely took the match.”
Rogers, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro and Sara Errani en route to her first WTA final at Bad Gastein a few weeks ago, revealed that she tried to take “one point at a time” as the enormity of what the 21-year-old was about to achieve sunk in.
“This was my first experience in an atmosphere like this – the whole stadium cheering for one person,” Rogers said. “I really respect what she’s done. It’s incredible to see how much support she has.
“But I was just trying to stay in my little zone, zone it out. I knew she would raise her level after the first set. She has so many weapons. And she played amazing in the second set. There’s not much you can do when she’s on. In the third set I just took it one point at a time and stuck to my routines.”