Quebecer Eugenie Bouchard was defeated in the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open on Tuesday, exceptionally presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Bouchard, 141e in the world and 25e seeded in the qualifying phase of the first major tournament of the season, dropped to China’s Yue Yuan, 230e world racket, 6-2 and 6-4. The meeting lasted 1 h 04 min.
After a horrific first run, Bouchard seemed to regain his bearings on the second round, leading 4-1. Then, she lost the last five games of the duel to suffer the defeat.
In the end, Bouchard slammed two aces and committed a double fault.
Yuan will face the French Chloé Paquet (187e) for a place in the main draw of the competition, whose matches will be presented in Melbourne, Australia, starting February 8.
Steven Diez loses a tough battle
On the men’s side, Canada’s Steven Diez was in a good position to surprise the 15th seed in qualifying, Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen, but the latter regained control after a tough first round to savor a 3-6, 6- 4 and 6-2 in another duel in the second round of the pre-tournament stage.
The winner dominated 7-3 in aces during the 2 h 32 min match. However, he only earned one point more than his rival in all, 92. Occupying the 133e ATP rank, Laaksonen won 67% of the points played on his first serve, while Diez, 177th in the world, maintained a 55% success percentage under such circumstances.
For his part, Ontarian Peter Polansky will battle it out with Frenchman Alexandre Müller later in the day.