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Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic out of Rogers Cup

Eugenie Bouchard continued her downward spiral Tuesday night with a first-round loss at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic failed to make a successful comeback from injury and was also bounced in his opening match in Montreal.

Canada's top-ranked tennis players ousted in openers

Rogers Cup: Eugenie Bouchard falls short of comeback

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Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is out of the Rogers Cup in the first round for the second straight year. Bouchard lost to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 1:22

Eugenie Bouchard continued her downward spiral Tuesday night with a first-round loss at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic failed to make a successful comeback from injury and was also bounced in his opening match in Montreal.

With the home crowd behind her in Toronto, Bouchard fell to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic  6-0, 5-7, 6-2.

In 2014, the 21-year-old Westmount, Que., native enjoyed a meteoric rise to the No. 5 ranking in the world, reaching the semifinals of three consecutive Grand Slams, including the Wimbledon final, and gaining fans from across the country along the way.

Bouchard's struggles began not long after her Wimbledon run. At last year's Rogers Cup in Montreal she lost to qualifier Shelby Rogers, and her problems have gotten worse this year. Bouchard has now lost the first match in eight of her last 10 WTA events, slipped to No. 25 in the world and dropping, and parted with two coaches since November.

The reaction from tennis fans and media was harsh at times after her latest Rogers Cup ouster.

Although most were highly critical of the young tennis star, some still remain optimistic about Bouchard's future. 


There continues to be a lot of speculation surrounding the cause of Bouchard's free fall. Following the match, she revealed that she parted with her most recent coach after Wimbledon, despite reports only emerging last week. Sam Sumyk posted a revealing tweet after July's event. 


Bouchard confirmed that it wasn't working, but remained tight-lipped on her coaching plans going forward. 


Raonic rounds out disappointing day for Canada

Raonic, in his first action in a month since returning from a pinched nerve in his foot, came out on the wrong end of a 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1) decision against Ivo Karlovic in a battle of towering sluggers in Montreal.

The 24-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., was ranked 10th prior to Tuesday's match.

While Bouchard's result was more harshly received by many observers, Raonic's was met with disappointment and concern over his preparedness going forward given his injury. 

With files from the Canadian Press

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