Daily Bagel: Inside Bouchard's surprising loss at Rogers Cup
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• Steve Tignor on Eugenie Bouchard's shocking exit from the Canadian Open. In her return to Montreal, Bouchard lost 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 to America's Shelby Rogers, a 113th-ranked qualifier.
This was a unique situation, but is it a reason to worry for Bouchard? She’ll obviously play better, but like Kvitova, Rogers has something that the Canadian lacks -- the raw timing that can create winners from anywhere. That’s a trait that virtually all of the women who have won Grand Slams in the last decade share, and which the women who haven’t won Slams, like Aga Radwanska, don’t share.
• Here's how Canada saw Bouchard's second-round loss. Ouch.
Bouchard, who has rocketed into the top 10 in WTA rankings, was greeted with a standing ovation from the centre court crowd and a chant from the Genie Army fan club that was flown in from Australia to see her perform in her hometown.
Then Bouchard laid an egg on the court, spraying what are normally easy shots long and wide, with body language that suggested she’d rather crawl into a cave.
• Surprising item from The Globe and Mail: The WTA is planning to fly the Genie Army out to Singapore if Eugenie Bouchard qualifies for the WTA Finals in October. That is an absurd use of WTA funds and opens the door for intense and justified criticism of the tour. UPDATE: The WTA tweeted that this is not true:
On flying Genie's Army - it's nonsense & not what was said. Stacey said WTA wants fans to travel. She never said we're paying/sending them.— WTA (@WTA) August 6, 2014
• Video: Rafael Nadal better not miss any forehands when he comes back from injury.
• Roger Federer and Nadal make SI.com's list of the 50 Fittest Athletes.
• The National Post breaks down Milos Raonic's serve.
• Is American Jack Sock poised for a breakthrough?
• Canada is already fretting about the next generation of Canadian tennis stars. Chill out, Canada. Enjoy the moment.
A participation surge would certainly be welcome in a time of increased obesity and inactivity among children. But as for whether Canada’s current tennis stars will beget a new generation of home-grown heroes -- there are those among the tennis-loving community who are skeptical.
“I think we’re in for a rude awakening,” Jon Sorbo, a Toronto-based coach, said in an interview. “In 10 years this is going to be looked on as a golden age, because there really isn’t a next wave of players.”
• Heavy Topspin Blog looks at two of last week's ATP finals, which featured four finalists -- David Goffin, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil -- who were all born in the 90s. It was a first.
• A nice translation of a recent interview of Amelie Mauresmo for L'Equipe.
• Non-tennis: Check out Angela Merkel's rad tunic.