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Canadian Eugenie Bouchard drops 6-4, 6-4 decision to Bacsinszky at French Open

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard, left, congratulates Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland who won the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament in two sets 6-4, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
May 26, 2016 - 10:49 AM

PARIS - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made an early exit from the French Open for the second straight year on Thursday, dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Timea Bacsinszky in second-round play at the Grand Slam event.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., made the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2014 but lost in the first round last year.

On Thursday, she jumped out to a 4-1 lead before dropping 10 games in a row to the No. 8 seed from Switzerland. Bouchard fought back by taking four straight games to get to 4-5 before Bacsinszky closed out the victory.

"It's unacceptable really to lose 10 games in a row in a match," Bouchard said. "I think my (lack of) focus was the part that let me down — the mental part. It's something I've been working on and I have been getting better."

A French Open semifinalist last year, Bacsinszky was up 5-0 and serving for the win when Bouchard picked up a service break. Bouchard saved a match point and earned two break points that would have levelled the score at 5-5 but she failed to convert.

"As soon as I relaxed and played my game, I was coming out on top on a lot of the points," Bouchard said. "So I just wish I had that mentality a bit earlier in the match (rather) than four points away from losing."

Bouchard was ranked seventh in the world at the end of 2014, but the 22-year-old Canadian slipped out of the top 40 in 2015 and struggled with an eating disorder she says she has since conquered. She currently holds the No. 47 position in the world rankings.

"What's the most disappointing is my game feels good, my shots feel good, I feel good on the court," Bouchard said. "So yeah, that's what hurts the most. I felt like I put myself in a good position in preparation and everything. I've done everything that I possibly could to be ready. I started out strong. The game plan was working."

It was the first victory for Bacsinszky on the Philippe-Chatrier Court.

"There is a lot of space around the court," she said. "Even though I warmed up 30 minutes in the morning, I couldn't get the groove and she had different tactics in comparison to the last time I played against her.

"She expected me to put a lot of variation in my game so I had to find another game plan in order to get the upper hand."

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