Eugenie Bouchard, Belinda Bencic out of WTA Acapulco 2017

A full day of action saw a couple of popular players on the women’s tour suffer first-round defeats.

At times so far in this young season, Eugenie Bouchard has looked as though she is about ready to get back into some big matches on tour. However, if the Canadian is on the comeback trail toward getting back in the top ten, her re-ascension will have to wait for the time being. She suffered an early-round loss to another player trying to make a comeback, Ajla Tomljanovic.

The unranked Croatianย player has not contested a match since the opening round of the 2016 Australian Open. However, her comeback event in Acapulco has been successful so far. She defeated Bouchard in straight sets on Tuesday 7-6, 6-1. Next up is a round of sixteen match against Kirsten Flipkens in what is an open section of the draw in Acapulco. Bouchard, who has yet to firmly find her footing in her season, will now have to look ahead to Indian Wells and Miami to try and find some momentum.

Another player that has yet to find her footing in 2017 is Belinda Bencic. The Swiss received some bad luck back in Melbourne Park as she drew Serena Williams in the first round. Her luck wasn’t great in Acapulco either as she drew the top-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the first round in Mexico. The result was a straight-sets loss for the Swiss, a player who struggled for most of 2016. Bencic has to be disappointed with her results so far this season, especially given that WTA Acapulco’s draw wasn’t exactly loaded. There truly is a title up for grabs this week for any of the women’s players that hit strong form.

Several Americans have made the venture south to compete in the tournament. Shelby Rogers, Madison Brengle, Christina McHale, and Taylor Townsend all advanced to the round of sixteen. ย The latter two will meet in the next round, meaning that America will certainly be represented in the tournament’s quarterfinals. Rogers has the top-seeded Lucic-Baroni up next while Brengle will have to battle with Jelena Ostapenko.

As for the tournament favorites, Monica Puig looks very dangerous in the draw. The Puerto Rican didn’t have great results in the South Pacific earlier this season, however she’s been on the winning side of several matches since then. Puig has Daniela Hantuchova up next, a veteran player that’s not doing much damage on tour of late. Surviving that, the Olympics gold medalist would face either McHale or Townsend.

Shane Lambert