Eugenie Bouchard’s last win was against Zarina Diyas in Rome before today. 2015 hasn’t been a very good year however she can be very happy with her result and performance today as she won her first match in 102 days.
It was the American Alison Riske who started the match and Bouchard did put her under pressure on her serve getting to deuce and played well but Riske held however on her serve Bouchard that capitulated with a load of errors and a double fault to set up 0-40 and Riske did break and Bouchard’s whole body language changed and already looked frustrated and annoyed. Bouchard suddenly broke serve for 1-2 after a poor volley from Riske and Bouchard played a lovely passing shot past the American. Bouchard looked in trouble again after a few more errors set up 15-40 however the Canadian managed to save three break points to level the set at 2-2. Bouchard constructed a few break points and at the third time of asking took the break after an error from Riske and Bouchard from 0-2 down was 3-2 up! 3-2 became 4-2 as Bouchard consolidated the break with a good hold of serve. Alison Riske managed to end of a run of games going in the Canadian’s favour holding to love for 4-3 and putting pressure on Bouchard to hold serve something she hasn’t been doing too well this year. Bouchard started the game well with an ace however the error count continued to rise from the Canadian and Riske broke back for 4-4!
An exceptional forehand up the line from Bouchard set up a break point however a good serve down the T from Riske took the point back to deuce and held for 5-4 with Bouchard serving to stay in the set however before she would step back onto court Sam Sumyk former coach of Victoria Azarenka now working with Bouchard came on court for a chat. Despite the best efforts of Riske she couldn’t find a breakthrough as Bouchard held well for 5-5. The set would only then be decided by one way and that would be via the tie-break. At the first changeover the tie-break was level at 3-3. Some very good play from Bouchard gave herself a 5-3 lead and two points from taking the opening set. 5-3 became 5-5 and then 6-5 and Bouchard with a set point. An error from Riske and a fist pump from Bouchard as she took the first set 7-6 (7-5).
After both players went off court for a comfort break it was Bouchard who began the set with an ace. 30-0 quickly became 30-40 and Riske saw a break point which was well saved from Bouchard with an exceptional forehand up the line and went on to hold serve for 1-0. Riske put the first set disappointment behind her to level at 1-1 with a hold to love. At 3-2 on serve in the second set Bouchard continued to improve as the match went on and made some exceptional shots to get to 0-30 and then 15-40 and broke for a 4-2 lead! 4-2 became 5-2 and Bouchard well on her way to winning her first match in just over 100 days. 5-2 became 5-3 and Bouchard would have to serve out the match.
Bouchard started the game with her third ace of the match which was then followed by her fourth for 30-0. At 40-15 Bouchard had two match points and a forehand down the line gave Bouchard only her 8th win of 2015!