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Tennis: Bouchard suffers pre-Wimbledon setback, Halep advances

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:18 AM
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada reacts during her French Open women's semi-final match against Maria Sharapova at the Roland Carros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH (AFP) - Rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard saw her pre-Wimbledon preparations go awry after losing to Vania King in the first round of the WTA/ATP ‘s-Hertogenbosch Open on Tuesday, but there were no such problems for Simona Halep.

Former Wimbledon junior champion Bouchard, who pulled out of last week’s tournament in Birmingham after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, was beaten 2-6 6-3 6-3 by King, meaning she will arrive at next week’s tournament at the All England Club with just one grasscourt match under her belt this season.

The world number 13, who also made the last four of the Australian Open in January, raced through the opening set backed by a pair of service breaks.

But the 20 year-old was pegged back in the second set with American King, ranked 75th, capitalising on a lone break of serve.

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