(New York) Eugenie Bouchard will have just moved to New York. The Quebecer lost in two sets of 6-3 to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the US Tennis Open on Monday, conceding a 12e defeat in a row.
Bouchard again showed very little consistency in his game, and it was broken four times in total on eight occasions by his opponent. On the other hand, the representative of the Maple Leaf has converted his only two chances to break Sevastova, which nevertheless won easily in one hour and 14 minutes.
The Westmount native quickly took a 4-0 lead in the first inning at 12e first in the series. Bouchard temporarily managed to stop the bleeding by smashing Sevastova in the sixth game, but it was just too strong and sealed the first set in 35 minutes.
The second set was a little tighter – barely. After breaking each other in the first two games of the round, Sevastova took the lead over the 25-year-old by breaking her in the third game to lead 3-1. The Latvian crowned his victory by smashing Bouchard a fourth and last time, in the ninth game.
Ontario's defending champion Toronto Cup champion Bianca Andreescu will face American Katie Volynets in the first round on Tuesday.
Williams crushes Sharapova
In the early evening, the holder of 23 major titles Serena Williams made a mouthful of Maria Sharapova, winning 6-1, 6-1 in 58 minutes.
It was for Williams a 19e victory in a row against Sharapova, who has five major titles to his name. Williams, eighth seeded, now has a 20-2 career record against the Russian.
Williams had 16 winners against 12 straight fouls while Sharapova, who was only 15e match this season, was limited to six winners against 20 unforced errors. Williams earned twice as many points as his rival, 56-28.
Sharapova, who has not beaten Williams since 2004, has lost all nine points on his second service balls and has not been able to take advantage of the five break points she has offered.
"Every time I play against her, my best tennis goes to the surface," said Williams.
Williams arrived at Flushing Meadows, where she won six titles, after a preparation far from perfect on the hard. Back spasm problems forced her to forfeit the Rogers Cup final in Toronto and retire from the Cincinnati tournament the following week.
All this did not appear against Sharapova.
"My body is ok. I feel good, said Williams. My back is much better. I am happy to be here. It's gonna be fun. "
Williams was back at the Arthur-Ashe Stadium just under a year after defeating Naomi Osaka in the final. Williams had lost his cool when the referee gave him a warning for receiving advice from his coach, located in the stands. She was then penalized by one point for smashing her racquet on the court and then for a game for verbally abusing the referee.
In addition, the champion of the French Open Ashleigh Barty had to orchestrate a comeback to overcome Zarina Diyas 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Barty, who made 36 straight fouls and had only a 50% success rate with his first serve shot, was outright dominated in the first set. However, she recovered at midnight one, while the score was 3-3 in the second set.
The second seed has won nine of the following 11 games, the last one ending when Diyas, the 80e world player, sent her forehand beyond the bottom line.
Among the other results recorded on Monday, third-seed Karolina Pliskova dismissed 32 unforced errors to beat Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3). No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine defeated Whitney Osuigwe of the United States 6-1, 7-5.
The German Angelique Kerber, 14e seeded, lost 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 to France's Kristina Mladenovic. The French Caroline Garcia, 27e, was the only other seed to fall, 7-6 (8), 6-2 against Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig was beaten by Sweden's Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 6-3.