Stressed Bouchard has no regrets

Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:37pm EDT
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By Ed Osmond

LONDON (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard was brutally honest after suffering a first-round defeat by China's Duan Yingying at Wimbledon on Tuesday to end her hopes of repeating last year's run to the final.

The Canadian 12th seed, crushed by Petra Kvitova in last year's showpiece, was beaten 7-6(3) 6-4 on Court Three.

Since reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals in January she has suffered eight first-round defeats and was further hampered by a stomach injury against Duan.

"It has kind of been a stressful time, these big tournaments that everyone was talking about to me," Bouchard told reporters.

"I definitely felt tight in the first set. But I also felt very unprepared for this match," she added.

"That's unfortunate. But I wanted to play, no matter what.

"It's just been a lot of learning. I'm always trying to keep the belief and stay true to myself and do what I need to do to become as good as I know I can be.

"I've just learned about this world I'm in, being an athlete, the struggles."   Continued...

Ying-Ying Duan of China celebrates after winning her match against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Toby Melville