2016 US Open Day 2 – Eugenie Bouchard Eliminated

Eugenie Bouchard went out on Tuesday in the first round of the 2016 US Open.

The schedule for Day 2 at the 2016 US Open is complete for women’s singles. The day/evening of tennis did not feature any major upsets in the women’s draw. However, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated from contention in a minor upset.

The Canadian entered the US Open looking half decent over the last couple of months. She enjoyed some success in Montreal, defeating both Lucie Safarova and Dominika Cibulkova. Furthermore, Bouchard enjoyed a solid win at Wimbledon, taking Johanna Konta out of the draw.

However, the former Grand Slam finalist is certainly inconsistent. On Tuesday she lost to Katerina Siniakova, a 20 year old who entered Flushing Meadows with only a 10-12 record on the season.

Bouchard lost the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, a result that not only ends her 2016 US Open, but her Grand Slam season as well. The four majors combined were disappointing for the Canadian. She did not see the fourth round of any one of them and she has not made a deep run in a Grand Slam since the 2015 Australian Open (quarters).

Several other big names in the women’s draw were able to advance on Tuesday. Simona Halep, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Agnieszka Radwanska all won their matches. There were some seeded players that lost, however they were were the lower seeds as opposed to the tournament favorites.

For example, former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic lost in Louis Armstrong Stadium, the No. 29 seed at the US Open falling to Denisa Allertova. Ivanovic joined a number of first-round seeded casualties in New York from Day 1. Furthermore, she was one of three seeded players to fall on Day 2 in women’s singles. The others were Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

The first round is now over and Day 3 will mark the start of the 2nd round. Arthur Ashe Stadium will feature Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Svetlana Kuznetsova in morning-session matches. The evening session for the showcourt will begin with Garbine Muguruza’s 2nd-round match. Other players that will play on other courts include Roberta Vinci, Angelique Kerber, Madison Keys, and Belinda Bencic.

A couple of the more interesting-looking matches for Day 3 will feature the last two players mentioned. Keys will face Kayla Day, a 16-year old American searching for the spotlight. Bencic, who has had some troubles with fitness the last few months, will face Andrea Petkovic in what promises to be a competitive affair. All courts will start at 11am ET, with women’s doubles action joining the singles action on Day 3.

Shane Lambert