(Madrid) Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard lost in straight sets 6-2, 7-5 to Italian Martina Trevisan in the second round of the Madrid Tennis Open on Friday.
Facing the 20th-ranked WTA-ranked holder, Bouchard had three service breaks in as many attempts, but was also the victim of six breaks, three in each of two sets, in 10 attempts.
The last of those breaks came in the 11th game of the second set, giving Trevisan a 6-5 lead. The Italian secured victory a game later, on her third match point.
In the opening set, Bouchard quickly found herself facing a 0-4 deficit. She obtained her first break of the match in the sixth game before suffering the same fate in the next game.
Neither player was able to win on serve. Trevisan won 57% of the points after placing their first ball in play, compared to 54% for Bouchard.
The latter, however, caused a lot of damage by winning only 28% of the points when she had to use her second service ball. Trevisan was significantly more effective, with a rate of 60%.
Coming from qualifying and ranked 285th in the world, Bouchard earned her ticket to the second round with a three-set victory of 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 against Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska on Wednesday. Trevisan automatically qualified in the second round as the 18th seed.
Later Friday, Ontario’s Bianca Andreescu will face China’s Wang Xiyu in another second-round duel.
This will be Andreescu’s first outing since suffering an ankle injury in her Miami Open fourth-round match on March 27 against Ekaterina Alexandrova.
This injury had forced Andreescu to skip the duel between Canada and Belgium in the Billie-Jean-King Cup two weeks ago in Vancouver.
Also on Friday, while waiting to play their first singles match, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov form a tandem and face Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the first round of men’s doubles.
Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov will open their singles tournament on Saturday against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic and China’s Zhizhen Zhang, respectively, in second-round matches.
Seeded seventh and 21st, Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov earned byes directly into the second round.
On the women’s side, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazilian Luisa Stefani take on the duo of American Sofia Kenin and Poland’s Magda Linette in the first round of women’s doubles.