Bouchard ousted with second-round defeat

The Canadian Press

LONDON–Eugenie Bouchard’s four-match winning streak is over–and so is the Canadian’s run at Wimbledon.
The 24-year-old native of Westmount, Que. lost 6-4, 7-5 to No. 17 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the second round of the grass-court major today.
Bouchard, won three qualifying matches to get into the main draw after seeing her ranking tumble to No. 188, led 5-2 in the second set against Barty and had one set point, but couldn’t pull it off.
Bouchard converted on just one of her six break-point opportunities while Barty was good on three-of-seven.
The match featured two previous winners of the Wimbledon girls’ title–Barty captured the crown in 2011, a feat matched by Bouchard a year later.
Bouchard went on to reach the Wimbledon women’s final in 2014 while Barty hadn’t won a match in the main draw until this year.
No. 26 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont. was scheduled to play a second-round men’s match against Benoit Paire of France later today.
No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont. faces Dennis Novak of Austria in the third round tomorrow.
In other action, Novak Djokovic overcame an apparent thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the third round.
Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set.
But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan on Centre Court.
Guido Pella of Argentina, meanwhile, came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic, beating last year’s finalist 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the second round.
Cilic looked headed for a routine victory before the match was suspended by rain in the third set yesterday but the former U.S. Open champion couldn’t find the same rhythm today.
“Yesterday he was playing so, so good, and hitting the ball so hard that I couldn’t do anything,” the 82nd-ranked Pella said.
“So the rain helped me a lot.”
He has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Cilic was runner-up to Roger Federer last year and showed great form by beating Djokovic in the Queen’s Club final last month.
His early exit opens up Federer’s path to the final even more, with No. 8 Kevin Anderson now the highest-seeded player left in the Swiss star’s side of the draw after No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov lost in the first round.
Among the women, former Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to oust American qualifier Claire Liu in the second round.
The 11th-seeded Kerber broke decisively for a 4-3 lead in the third set before serving out a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory against the 18-year-old Liu, the youngest player in the tournament.
Kerber lost the 2016 final to Serena Williams.
Liu was at her first Wimbledon and faced a top-10 ranked player for the first time.
At No. 237, Liu was the lowest-ranked woman to make the second round.