Eugenie Bouchard has exited an ITF event in Oeiras after falling short against Danka Kovinic. On Thursday, 72nd-ranked Kovinic beat former world No 5 Bouchard 6-3 7-5 in the Oeiras round-of-16. In the first set, the two players were tied to one game apiece before Kovinic earned back-to-back breaks and won the next four games to take a 5-1 lead.
Down by two breaks, Bouchard refused to quit as she managed to get one break back and cut the deficit to 5-3. In the ninth game, Bouchard had a break point to get the second break back as well - but didn't convert as Kovinic managed to close out the first set.
After winning the first set, Kovinic also started the second set by breaking Bouchard in the first game of the set. Down by a set and a break, Bouchard managed to get the break back in the sixth game and tie the second set to three games apiece.
But Bouchard once again dropped her serve as Kovinic broke the Canadian in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead. In the 12th game, Kovinic saved a break point before realizing her first match point to complete a two-set win.
Bouchard defeated Diane Parry before losing to Kovinic
In the Oeiras first round, Bouchard defeated Parry 6-2 6-4.
Unfortunately for Bouchard, she wasn't able to deliver the same type of performance against Kovinic and reach the Oeiras quarterfinal. At the start of the week in Oeiras, 2014 Wimbledon finalist Bouchard underlined she is still playing for titles.
“Of course [I see myself fighting for title again and winning]. I feel like I wouldn't put in all this time and effort if I didn't still believe that. It's a lot to come back from injuries, takes a lot of patience, a lot of time, a lot of energy and life is short.
I am doing it because I think I still can. If I didn't, I would be having babies or something else,” Bouchard said.
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