Bouchard thrashes sluggish Serena in Perth

Tue Jan 6, 2015 7:04am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard swatted aside an out-of-sorts Serena Williams 6-2 6-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday.

The American world number one's body language throughout the contest suggested she would rather have been anywhere else than on the blue hardcourts in Western Australia.

An on-court espresso helped spark her into life as she overcame a first set bagel to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 0-6 6-3 6-0 on Monday in the round robin mixed team event but nothing could help bring her out of Tuesday's malaise.

"I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm so tired," Williams said after the match. "It's weird. I can't get my body to move. I feel like I've got no energy.

"It's a little frustrating because I know I can play two thousand times better."

Sluggish footwork and uncharacteristically slow serves allowed Bouchard to break the 33-year-old with ease as the Canadian bounced back from a 6-0 6-4 loss to Czech Lucie Safarova in her opener.

Williams had complained of jet-lag following her previous day's efforts against Pennetta but she looked in good spirits as she teamed up with John Isner to win their mixed doubles against the Italians for a 3-0 whitewash later on Monday evening.

Williams, who did not call the trainer to court on Tuesday, showed flashes of her usual brilliance against Bouchard as she went for her shots but never had the consistency, or the fight, to beat the Canadian.

"I've been trying to rest up," Williams said. "I did a little gym work, but I just felt depleted. I don't know why. I don't know how to describe it.   Continued...

 
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada follows through on a return to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su