Beyond the Baseline

Watch: Eugenie Bouchard falls, hits a seated backhand and wins the point


Eugenie Bouchard kicked off her week at the Portugal Open with a quick introduction to the forgiving (and unforgiving) nature of clay-court tennis.

Early in the second set of her first-round win over Alisa Kleybanova, Bouchard lost her footing behind the baseline and fell down, hit a backhand while seated, got up, ran around and fired a winner. All the while, she can't stop laughing at the preposterousness of it all. Just another day on the clay.

NGUYEN: Bouchard facing a difficult draw at the Portugal Open

Bouchard, the No. 2 seed, went on to win 6-4, 6-1. She will play Yaroslava Shvedova in the second round.
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