Bouchard In Spotlight As Muguruza Withdraws From Montreal

Bouchard in spotlight as Muguruza withdraws from Montreal

MONTREAL,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th july,2016) : Homegrown hero Eugenie Bouchard reached the second round of the WTA hardcourt tournament in Montreal with a dramatic three-set victory Tuesday, lending a little star-power as the event lost French Open champion Garbine Muguruza. In per past two appearances at her home event, Bouchard had failed to win a match. But she gave fans what they wanted to see with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Czech Lucie Safarova. Afer dominating the first set, she made a sluggish start to the second and Safarova took advantage to force a third frame. Bouchard was unable to convert three match points at 6-5 in the third, but after Safarova forced the tiebreaker the Canadian roared back from a 3-1 deficit to seize the victory. "The crowd was incredible," said Bouchard, who begged off a longer post-match press conference pleading a stomach ache.

That was after Spain's Muguruza, the world number three and third seed, pulled out of her opening match complaining of gastrointestinal illness minutes before she was to take on Britain's Naomi Broady. It was another high-profile defection after world number one Serena Williams withdrew with inflammation in her shoulder over the weekend. "I'm pretty disappointed, I practiced a lot for this tournament," Muguruza said.

"Since yesterday, I have kind of been feeling weird and I spoke with the doctor and everything. I thought today I was going to feel better, but in the last moment I didn't feel good enough to go on court and give my best." Although it was a second-round match, Muguruza enjoyed a first-round bye.

Organizers filled her place in the draw with lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko of the United States, who defeated Broady 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.