ABOVE: Hometown favourite Eugenie Bouchard shines at Montreal’s Rogers Cup
MONTREAL – Shelby Rogers scored a shocking 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 victory over the listless crowd favourite Eugenie Bouchard at the US$2.44 million women’s Rogers Cup on a Tuesday thrown into confusion by a more than seven-hour power outage.
Play went on despite the lack of electricity, which shut down scorboards and umpires’ microphones, and left the players without light or hot water in their clubhouse.
Bouchard, the rising star from Westmount, Que., suffered a power shortage of her own after walking onto centre court to a standing ovation.
The 20-year-old, perhaps rusty from not having played since reaching the Wimbledon final last month, couldn’t make a shot in the first set, hitting normally routine shots long or wide.
The crowd went quiet watching as Bouchard’s body language suggested she’d like to crawl into a cave and stay there.
Bouchard rebounded in the second set, hitting the crisp mix of shots that took her to at least the semifinals of the first three grand slam events this year. But nothing worked for her again in the third set.
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