Tennis

Eugenie Bouchard wins Eastbourne opener

Struggling Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard scored a much-needed win Tuesday, defeating American Alison Riske in her opening match at the AEGON International tournament in Eastbourne, England.

Canadian had lost 10 of last 11 matches

Eugenie Bouchard gets back in the winners column, defeating American Alison Riske 7-6, 6-3 2:59

Struggling Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard scored a much-needed win Tuesday, defeating American Alison Riske in her opening match at the AEGON International tournament in Eastbourne, England.

Bouchard, seeded seventh at the grass-court Wimbledon tuneup event, won 7-6 (5), 6-3 over her unseeded opponent.

Bouchard reached the Wimbledon final a year ago but has struggled of late, losing nine of her last 10 matches before Tuesday's victory, including opening defeats in the last two weeks at grass tournaments in the Netherlands and Birmingham, England.

"It is good to finally get [a win on grass]," Bouchard said. "I was a little bit more aggressive and I was trying to enjoy the moment."

Ranked as high as fifth in the world last season, the 21-year-old Westmount, Que., native has fallen to 12th.

Bouchard will next face Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, who upset 12th-seeded American Madison Keys in straight sets.

With files from The Associated Press

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