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REPORT: Eugenie Bouchard Loses Coach As Turmoil Continues

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After winning just two singles matches since the French Open, Eugenie Bouchard has been ditched by her coached according to media sources.

 

A report by tenns.life has revealed that the former Wimbledon finalist is no longer working with Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt. Hogstedt is a renowned figure on the women’s tour with a wealth of experience. Besides his two stints with Bouchard, he has also worked with Li Na, Caroline Wozniacki and Madison Keys.

To make thing worse for the Canadian, who is at her lowest ranking position since May 2013, Hogstedt is also rumoured to already be working with another player. Ekaterina Makarova is said to be the latest player being mentored by the 53-year-old. The Russian world No.35 recently collaborated with Nigel Sears during the US Open, however, they both stated that it was only for a ‘short term’ period.

Bouchard hasn’t played a match on the tour since her first round loss at the US Open. Shortly after her exit from the final grand slam of the year, the former world No.5 admitted that she is suffering from confidence issues. Overall, Bouchard has only managed to win 13 matches in 18 tournaments played so far this year.

“My confidence is not high at all at this point in time and I definitely had question marks about what my level would be like coming out today,’’ she said on August 30th after her US Open defeat.

Last week Bouchard withdrew from a WTA event in her home country due to illness and has also decided to skip next week’s Wuhan Open, which is a Premier 5 event.

There has been no official comment from the 23-year-old regarding either her team or future plans. Coincidentally, on Tuesday organisers of the Hong Kong Open confirmed that Bouchard has committed to play in their event next month.

Bouchard’s 2017 season (First round losses in bold)

Brisbane International – R1
Sydney International – SF
Australian Open – R3
Acapulco – R1
Indian Wells – R1
Miami – R1
Monterrey – R1
Indian Harbour Beach (ITF $80,000) – QF
Istanbul – R1
Madrid – QF
French Open – R2
Mallorca – R1
Eastbourne – R1
Wimbledon -R1
Washington – R2
Toronto – R1
New Haven – R2
US Open – R1

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Argentina beats Chile 3-0 in South American clash

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Argentina beat Chile 3-0 in the South American tie at the Rakuten Davis Cup Final at the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman claimed singles win to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over Chile

Pella won 83 % of his first serve points to beat Nicolas Jerry 6-4 6-3 in 75 minutes in the opening match of the Group C on Centre Court.

Pella faced only one break and broke serve three times. The Argentine got the first break in the second game to build up a 5-2 lead before Jarry broke back in the ninth game. Pella broke serve in the 10th game, as Jarry netted a forehand.

Both players went on serve in the first seven games of the second set. Pella broke serve at 4-3, as Jarry made a double fault. Pella closed out the match with a service winner.

“It was unbelievable because it was a very tough match for me. I was very nervous during the entire match. Madrid is a difficult city if you are nervous to play because there is a little bit of altitude, so I was struggling a bit but I fought for every ball and that was the key to get the win”, said Pella.

Schwartzman cruised past Christian Garin 6-2 6-2 in 73 minutes in the second singles match to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. Schwartzman broke three times to claim the opening set 6-2 after half an hour. The Argentine raced out to a 5-0 lead with a double break. Garin pulled one break back in the seventh game. Scwartzman hit a backhand winner at 5-2 to seal the second set with another break.

“It’s the end of the season but I played one of the best matches for sure of the year, maybe in my career. I think Guido helped me a lot to be more confident in this match and I played unreal tennis”, said Schwartzman.

 

Maximo Gonzales and Leonardo Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry and Hans Podlipnik gave Argentina a 3-0 point with a 6-3 7-5 in the doubles match with two breaks in fourth and eighth games of the first set and eleventh games of the second set.

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Russia opens the Davis Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Croazia

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Russia beat defending champions from Croatia 3-0 thanks to the two singles wins of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov on Centre Court of the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Rublev cruised past Borna Gojo 6-3 6-3 in the opening match before Karen Khachanov came back from one set down to beat Borna Coric 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

Khachanov and Rublev returned to the court to beat specialists Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to give Russia a 3-0 win.

“It was important to start well. I had some opportunities and took them. I am really happy we won this tie”, said Khachanov.

Belgium (two-time finalists) beat Colombia 2-1 on Court 3. In the opening match Davis Cup specialist Steve Darcis cruised past Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-2. David Goffin came back from one set down to beat Daniel Elahi Galan 3-6 6-3 6-3. Last week’s ATP Finals semifinalists Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah won the doubles match for the Colombian team beating Sander Gillie and Joran Vliegen 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

“The challenge was to fight against myself. It was not easy. Sometimes you have to fight. I am happy the way I fought. I did not give up. That’s the most important thing because I am playing for my country”,said Goffin.

 

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Jannik Sinner beats Antoine Hoang to reach the final in Ortisei

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Last week’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner beat Frenchman Antoine Hoang 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to reach the final at the ATP Challenger in Ortisei.

 

Sinner won the first set 6-3 with his only break in the fourth game. The Italian 18-year player went down a break to trail 1-4 in the second set, but he won three consecutive games to draw level to 4-4. Hoang earned three set points in the 12th game on Sinner’s serve, but he did not convert them. Sinner won the tie-break 7-4 with his only mini-break. Sinner is projected to improve his best ranking to world number 83 and could reach the 78th place, if he wins the Ortisei title in front of his fans.

Sinner will face Austria’s Sebastian Ofner, who beat Luca Vanni 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3). Vanni did not face any break points but he was not able to convert eight break points, including five set points in the second set.

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