Bouchard's miserable run continues with early French exit

Tue May 26, 2015 12:26pm EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard's mediocre run continued when the sixth-seeded Canadian was knocked out of the French Open 6-4 6-4 in the first round by local favorite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday.

Bouchard, dubbed the next big thing of women's tennis last year, arrived in Paris having lost six of her last seven matches and there was no improvement on court Suzanne Lenglen.

The Wimbledon runner-up, who had reached the last four at Roland Garros last year, resisted in the opening set but was completely overwhelmed in the second.

Mladenovic, ranked 44th in the world, struggled to handle the pressure after opening a 5-0 lead in the second set but a strong first serve on match point ensured a second-round meeting with either Czech Klara Koukalova or Montenegro's Danka Kovinic.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a shot to Kristina Mladenovic of France during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 26, 2015.  REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes