The first match of the day in New Haven was complete in just over an hour as Roberta Vinci won the last 12 games of the match to beat a lost-looking, Eugenie Bouchard, 6-1 6-0. Bouchard has endured some really bruising losses this year but this one was unfortunately at the top of the tree. While Bouchard lost the second set, 6-0, she held game points in the first four games. Bouchard was impatient on return and frequently began to overpress and hit shots way long. She was outclassed by Vinci’s mix of pace and variety; while all the talk will be about Bouchard, Vinci played a good match. She used her slice to great effect and seemed to win pretty much up everything at the net, always sneaking in at the right time.
I didn’t have the fortune of watching any of Genie’s matches since Wimbledon but I got the sense from the scorelines and reports that the signs were encouraging. The Canadian player won a match in Cincy, beating Kateryna Bondarenko in two tight sets. This was a really decent win because Bondarenko has been playing some good ball in the last few months. I actually went for Genie in this match (don’t judge me!) but immediately from the first few games it was evident that this match-up wasn’t going to be a good one for her… Chuck in her recent form and lack of confidence and it was just a car crash. Genie has attracted plenty of negative press this year and i’m not a fan, but I found that very uncomfortable viewing.
I think Genie will work it out in the end but this year is a write-off. This is going to be a tough loss to get over but she’s probably used to it by now :-S. I was a bit confused by the commentator on Tennis TV, Vladka Uhilirova’s comments that Genie “didn’t play a bad match” because it looked pretty bad to me. It’s also not every day that you hear Vladka say TWICE “Vinci has been unstoppable today”… she did play well though! Vinci progresses into the second round where she will play the winner of Tuesday’s night session match between Caroline Wozniacki or Alison Riske.