Tennis: Bacsinszky stops Bouchard to reach third round

Thu May 26, 2016 8:23am EDT
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PARIS (Reuters) - Swiss eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky recovered from a shaky start and survived a nervy finish to beat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-4 in the French Open second round on Thursday.

Bacsinszky, who reached the semi-final at Roland Garros last year, fell 4-1 down in the opening set as 2014 runner-up Bouchard came out firing, then bagged 10 games in a row as her 47th-ranked opponent melted down on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Bouchard, who also reached the 2014 Wimbledon final and climbed as high as fifth in the world before slumping, clawed back from 0-5 down in the second set but a relieved Bacsinszky finally sealed victory.

While it was disappointing defeat for Bouchard, who suffered a head injury when slipping over in the locker rooms at the 2015 U.S. Open and has struggled for form since, there were glimpses of the form that took her to consecutive major finals.

She even had two points to level at 5-5 in the second set but could not convert either and the match ended when she sent a service return over the baseline.

Bacsinszky will face either American Irina Falconi or Pauline Parmentier of France in the third round.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Martyn Herman)

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros - Eugenie Bouchard of Canada vs Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. - Paris, France - 26/05/16. Timea Bacsinsky reacts. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol