The Canadian tennis star failed to find her groove Tuesday at the Australian Open, dropping her quarter-final match to Russian Maria Sharapova, who advanced with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win.
The No. 2 ranked Sharapova will now take on fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in one of two semifinals. Makarova, seeded 10th, dominated No. 3 Simona Halep of Romania 6-4, 6-0 early Tuesday.
Bouchard, the seventh seed in Australia, is 0-4 lifetime against Sharapova, including a three-set loss to the Russian at last year’s French Open semifinal.
Bouchard, of Westmont, Que., looked uneasy from the onset. She was broken in the opening game of the match and proceeded to lose eight of the next 10 points en route to a quick 0-2 deficit.
Bouchard, 20, had a chance to break in the sixth game, but her backhand off Sharapova’s second serve sailed long to negate the opportunity.
Bouchard made 20 unforced errors and was broken twice in the first set.
The second set saw more of the same, with Sharapova breaking Bouchard in the fourth game. Bouchard had another chance in the next game to break back, but Sharapova erased a 0-30 deficit to hold serve.
The Canadian was broken again in the final game.
Bouchard had a breakthrough season in 2014, making it to the final of Wimbledon and to the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open.Suggest a correction