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  • The worst-case scenario came true: Eugenie Bouchard is out in Wimbledon's first round

    Stephanie Myles at Eh Game19 hrs ago

    WIMBLEDON – Well, the worst-case scenario occurred: Genie Bouchard lost in the first round at Wimbledon.

    All the trees and bandwidth dedicated to the 21-year-old Canadian star’s struggles this season seemed to lead up to this defining moment as she attempted to defend her most illustrious result of 2014, the singles final here.

    To paraphrase the semi-immortal words of Boris Becker, a man who did his fair share of winning on the lawns here during his career, she didn’t lose a war. Nobody died. Bouchard merely lost a tennis match.

    Bouchard’s opponent Tuesday was a fairly anonymous qualifier named Ying-Ying Duan, whose musical name is about all most know about a a 6-foot-1,185-pound Chinese woman who turns 26 this week but who – with the exception of the Grand Slams – has played just two tournaments outside Asia over the last three years.

    Duan’s 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over the No. 12 seed was partly due to her solid play. It was, as most Bouchard defeats to lower-ranked players have been, far more about Bouchard.

    Afterwards, the 21-year-old Canadian revealed the abdominal tear suffered at Eastbourne last week was diagnosed as a “Grade 2” tear.

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