Former world no. 5 and Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard has not been able to fulfill her full potential in the last couple of years, struggling with form and injuries and never reaching the WTA final after Kuala Lumpur in 2016.
Bouchard barely managed to stay inside the top-200 in June 2018 before bouncing back to close the year inside the top-90 for the sixth straight years after reaching the semi-final at Luxembourg Open as a qualifier at the end of the season.
With these 128 points, Eugenie cracked the top-100 again and was ready to chase more significant results in 2019, reaching the quarter-final in Auckland and losing to Serena Williams in the second round at the Australian Open.
Bouchard was the quarter-finalist at the Newport Beach 125K Series event, passing the opening round in Dubai in February before a tight loss to Simona Halep in the second round, hoping for more of the same in the next clashes against the rivals from the top.
Instead of that, the Canadian is yet to win a match following that victory over Vera Lapko more than seven months ago, rattling off 13 straight defeats to hit rock bottom! Unable to play at her best and dealing with injuries, Eugenie lost in the opening match at Indian Wells, Miami, Roland Garros, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Lausanne, Washington, Toronto, Vancouver, the Bronx and the US Open, returning to the ITF Tour where she sought at least some wins and momentum at W60 Templeton event.
Seeded 3rd, Bouchard suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to the RomanianGabriela Talaba after two hours and 34 minutes, giving everything she had at the moment but still hitting the exit door without a victory. Talaba won three points more than Bouchard overall, saving ten out of 15 break chances and stealing the Canadian's serve six times from 14 opportunities to cross the finish line first.
The Romanian opened a 5-2 lead in the opening set before Eugenie pulled the break back in game nine to stay in contention, only to give serve away in the tenth game and hand the set to her rival. They traded six good holds at the beginning of the second set and Bouchard grabbed a break in the seventh game, sealing it with a hold at 15 in game ten to send the clash into a decider and where they stayed neck and neck in the first eight games after trading a couple of breaks.
Eugenie wasted a break chance at 4-4 and that cost her dearly, getting broken in the tenth game to push her rival through and extend the losing streak that has been active for more than seven months now, all that before Luxembourg where she has to defend the semi-final and 128 points won the last October.