Genie Bouchard’s run at Eastbourne did not last long at all as the Canadian retired 4-6 0-3 down to Belinda Bencic in her match today.
In the early exchanges of the match I felt Bouchard definitely played the better tennis and her two handed backhand was causing problems for Bencic. The Canadian did see a break point but couldn’t convert however despite hitting 12 winners in the first set she also backed it up with 15 unforced errors and Bouchard was to my surprise broken even though I felt she was playing the better attacking tennis but of course making too many errors. Bencic managed to serve out the set for 6-4.
The second set was a complete capitulation from Bouchard who lost 12 points in a row before going 3-0 down. After being broken for the second time in the set she called on the trainer for apparently an abdominal injury and from playing well 20 minutes ago she couldn’t carry on and retired from that match 4-6 0-3 down.
In a way I feel sorry for Bencic as the talk is all about Bouchard but you have to recognise how well the 18 year old played. I did feel Bouchard played some very good attacking tennis but Bencic kept herself in the game, saved break points and converted her own. Bencic is someone who has her feet on the ground. Too many of these young players want too much too soon but Bencic seems like she has her feet on the ground and won’t get carried away and has played very well against Madison Keys winning comfortably and a solid performance v Bouchard today.