Bouchard bounced from Rogers Cup in first round

Williams downs Begu in rain-delayed match to advance to second round at Rogers Cup

A wild-card entry this week, Bouchard will open her Rogers Cup against Vekic during the day session Tuesday instead of the prime-time night session usually given to top Canadians.

The Dane, who captured the Canadian trophy in 2010, is still looking for her first title of the season after being in five finals. "So, you know, someone else can carry the burden of Canada". "I'm obviously a bit low in confidence right now", Bouchard said. "It's always nice to get a nice win in two sets in the first round, so I'm very pleased with that". "It's tough to get through tough matches when you're in a moment like that".

Once thought to be the game's next star, the 23-year-old from Westmount, Que., has plummeted from in the WTA rankings since reaching a career-high No. 5 in 2014 to her current spot at No. 70.

"I hope I am going to have support (in the) next match and I hope we are going to play on this court again", added Vekic.

"Most people think that if you win a Grand Slam, you know, you have that extra confidence, so much confidence that you're going to win matches by miracle".

Bouchard has poorly started the game, giving quickly two breaks of service to allow Vekic to take the lead 3-0.

But she drew little inspiration from the crowd as she added to a long list of disappointing efforts, committing 32 unforced errors and seven double faults while being broken six times by a 21-year-old making a her first appearance in the main draw.

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"She's a good player", Bouchard said.

Bouchard was pressed following her Rogers Cup exit if she'd prefer fans and media ease up on her, noting she's still young enough to turn her career around. "I like to read those things and I think they give me a little bit of impulse to go ahead". You know, I've been on tour a bunch of years already. That would be the worst thing I could do.

The 37-year-old American, riding a winless streak that spanned five Rogers Cups in the Canadian city, advanced to the second round of the tournament Monday, outlasting a rain delay to beat Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that ended close to 11 p.m. ET at Aviva Centre. She won her first-round doubles match with World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova less than two hours after losing to Vekic. "Even if it's doubles, and I generally am more of a singles player, it's still pressure of a match and better than practice and more fun than practice".

Catherine Bellis kept Tuesday from becoming a complete washout for the United States as the 18-year-old battled back from a set down to outlast Germany's Julia Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

While her ranking does not rate centre court status, Bouchard's enormous popularity does, the smiling 23-year-old stepping into the sun-kissed arena to huge applause before exiting 94 minutes later with a blank face and a sheepish wave.

Elina Svitolina beat Daria Kasatina 7-6 (4), 6-4 while Elena Vesnina was a first round victor over Alison Riske. Caroline Wozniacki got hers back after taking a break from tennis.

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