Tennis

Denis Shapovalov, Eugenie Bouchard bounced from Wimbledon

Denis Shapovalov won his first match ever at Wimbledon this week, but couldn't keep the momentum going in a four-set loss to Frenchman Benoit Paire. The Richmond Hill, Ont., was eliminated after dropping a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3) decision in second-round play.

Only Milos Raonic remains as lone Canadian left in singles play

Despite winning his first-ever match at Wimbledon this year, Denis Shapovalov failed to advance past the second round after being defeated by France's Benoit Paire on Thursday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Denis Shapovalov won his first match ever at Wimbledon this week, but couldn't keep the momentum going in a four-set loss to Frenchman Benoit Paire. 

The Richmond Hill, Ont., was eliminated after dropping a 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (3) decision in second-round play.

Shapovalov missed on a crucial set point that would have given him the fourth set and tied the match. But Paire got out of trouble with a perfect lob to the baseline, and went on to win the set, and the match, in a tiebreaker.

After sweeping the first set, the 19-year-old Canadian was knocked out of The Championships by Benoît Paire of France: 0-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. 1:15

"I had all the momentum after the first set and I blew that, and after that he played really well and i wasn't able to play well," Shapovalov said.

"I just have to look over the match again and do some brainstorming, find out why this keeps happening," he added. "It was kind of the same story at the French Open. I had a lot of momentum going my way and all of a sudden it just slipped away from me."

The result left No. 13 seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., as the lone Canadian left in singles play. Raonic is scheduled to face Dennis Novak of Austria in the third round on Friday.

Bouchard bounced

Meanwhile, 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., dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to No. 17 seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the second round of the grass-court major on Thursday.

Bouchard, who 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.

"It was a couple tough games. I wish maybe at 5-3 I just took a little bit more time and focused on my serve to maybe try and put some better first serves in," Bouchard said. "But I was trying to be aggressive and she came up with some good shots, some tricky shots and that was to be expected as well but I gave everything."

Australian Ashleigh Barty cut the Montreal native’s Wimbledon journey short, winning the match in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. 1:15

Bouchard converted on just one of her six break-point opportunities, while Barty was good on three of seven.

"I think I played an opponent who is playing really well right now, especially on this surface," Bouchard said. "I think she has a great game for grass. So I knew I was coming up against something tough and I'm disappointed because I felt like I had chances in both sets and I think played well but I know I can play better."

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.

While the struggling Bouchard is still trying to find a return to form, which fell off sharply after her breakout 2014 season, she is taking positives from advancing through qualifying and into the second round at the All England Club.

"I'm proud to be able to get some wins, especially right after the injury," said Bouchard, who suffered an abdominal strain earlier this year. "Like I said it's really hard to come back so that's the big thing. But really just to play matches, I know I have so much I need to work on and you can practice all you want but there's nothing like real matches, so I'm just grateful to do my job and play."

Canadian tennis legend Daniel Nestor and his partner Jurgen Melzer of Austria were swept 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon, in the 45-year-old's final appearance at the All England Club. 0:32

Dabrowski advances, Nestor out

It was a better day for Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski. The sixth-seeded women's doubles team of Dabrowski and China's Xu Yifan defeated American Alison Riske and Ukraine's Olga Savchuk 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-8.

And in what will be his last competitive match at Wimbledon, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and partner Jurgen Melzer of Austria were defeated 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 by the eighth-seeded team of Austria's Alexander Peya and Croatia's Nikola Mektic.

The 45-year-old Nestor, who plans to retire after the upcoming Rogers Cup in Toronto, won back-to-back Wimbledon men's doubles titles with Nenad Zimonjic in 2008 and 2009.

Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil and American partner Ryan Harrison lost 6-4, 7-6 (8), 6-2 against the German duo of Philipp Petzschner and Tim Puetz in a first-round men's doubles match on Thursday.

The third-seeded Muguruza was beaten by 47th ranked Alison van Uytvanck in the second round 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. 0:42

Defending champion Muguruza stunned

Defending champion Garbine Muguruza is out of Wimbledon in the second round.

Muguruza, the No. 3 seed, was beaten 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 by 47th-ranked Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.

The surprise means only two of the top eight seeded women are still in the field after only four days of action at the All England Club.

Van Uytvanck entered this year's edition of Wimbledon with a 1-4 record in the grass-court tournament.

Muguruza, meanwhile, not only won her second career Grand Slam title in 2017 at Wimbledon, but also reached the 2015 final. She was the 2016 French Open champion, too.

Top-ranked Simona Halep won her last 10 games to beat Saisai Zheng 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of Wimbledon. 0:52

Halep through

Simona Halep continued her strong showing at Wimbledon with another straight-set victory over China's Zheng Saisai.

Halep got off to a slow start, before winning 7-5, 6-0 in 1 hour, 18 minutes. The top-seeded Romanian won the last 10 games after falling behind 5-3 and having her serve broken twice in the first set. 

A dramatic day at the All England Club saw World No. 3 Marin Cilic fall to Guido Pella in five sets, while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic keep their quests alive with wins that see them advance to the 3rd round. 1:32

Ailing Djokovic wins easily

Novak Djokovic says the injury that forced him to call a medical timeout during his third round victory at Wimbledon is "nothing major."

The three-time champion called for the trainer when leading Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 4-3 and received treatment on his left leg.

"I've been doing checkups now," Djokovic said. "It seems like it's nothing major. Tomorrow I'll see on the practice session how it feels. Hopefully it's going to be fine."

The 12th-seeded Djokovic showed no ill-effects as he closed out the match by winning the next two games to win the final set 6-3.

With files from Field Level Media

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