Roberta Vinci coasted to victory winning against a dismal performance from Eugenie Bouchard at the Connecticut Open Monday. The first round victory for the Italian ended in a 6-1, 6-0 beating on the Canadian at centre court at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
This was the first time both players faced one another and a new opponent to size up could give the Canadian the upper hand. Although she lost in the second round at Cincinnati, her fight against Elina Svitolina was commendable fighting through every game before losing them in the end. The tenacity Bouchard carries keeps her in the fight for victories however slow they come to her. With the show of force last week, the 21 year old would get one more chance to prove herself before the US Open.
Vinci fought her way into the New Haven tourney with hard work in two matches. Her recent success getting to the quarterfinals at Toronto helped her improve on offense as well as on the return. Whether she can hold back Bouchard from gaining support on the court will be on whether she has what it took to strike first.
Both Bouchard and Vinci had a sluggish start to the opening game where the two racked up points on seven unforced errors. The Canadian was able to hold serve on deuce but would require stronger progress. Vinci put herself on a level term with Bouchard holding serve while fighting for the win on deuce. Bouchard handed the Italian another victory as her serve took a dive committed a pair of double faults that gave Vinci easy wins.
She made it 3-1 landing back-to-back aces on Bouchard to begin the widening the gap on the scoreboard. Vinci broke Bouchard a second time on serve as she inched closer and closer to the set win. The Canadian’s game play was very much under duress, as she couldn’t lose her vulnerability.
Vinci had the situation well under control with a love service in Game Six to play for the match on the struggles of Bouchard’s shot. Despite her effort to try and stay in the set, she was trounced by the Italian on a set point shot ending the seven game span in 28 minutes. Despite serving at 50 percent, Vinci was capable of landing seven of her eight shots and six of eight on the second serve. Bouchard was a mess serving below 50 percent and landing less than that on both her first and second serve.
With a five game losing streak on her hands, Bouchard needed to show aggression on her returns in order to make it a match. Unfortunately, she was unable to maintain that level against Vinci who pounced well on deuce to kill the confidence of the Canadian and capture her seventh straight. Frustration showed on Bouchard who couldn’t get things together as she tried to move Vinci around court but the level of difficulty on the shot just wasn’t there leading to an eighth consecutive loss.
The Italian was in cruise control in the set as she handled the moves from Bouchard and answered with no mercy. Though she had to win it on deuce, Vinci kept the break short on Bouchard to be way out front. Vinci continued the onslaught as the Canadian ran out of ideas to get somewhere in the game. She served in Game Six where it was her last chance to get on the board or face the shutout. Every attempt to fire the ball across the court, the Italian was there to answer the shot and catch Bouchard off the mark. With a four shot rally, Vinci ended game with a triple match point with a lob over the net to win the bagel and the match in 61 minutes.
Vinci served at 62 percent landing 72 percent of shots and six of ten on the break points. It was enough power that completely devastated Bouchard. The Canadian was at her worst of the season allowing 12 games straight and serving 52 percent landing 13 of 27 and returning 13 of 42 shots from Vinci. Her six double faults were another major factor of her loss on court as the thought began to go on how she could look better in the future.
While the tournament continues, Vinci would go against the winner between Caroline Wozniacki and Alison Riske on Wednesday.