On Tuesday afternoon at IGA Stadium, Eugenie Bouchard of Montréal fell in two sets (6-2, 6-4) to Elise Mertens (14) of Belgium.
After a difficult first set, Bouchard seemed to be out of trouble in the second. She was up 3-0 and had recaptured the fire and sharpness she has been known for. But a blister forced her to call the trainer to dress her toe so she could regain her movement.
After the injury timeout, she was a shadow of her former self, losing six of the next seven games. Lacking mobility and grounding, she became easy prey for the World no.15, who racked up her second win in two matches against the Canadian. The clash lasted just over 90 minutes (1:34) and featured a number of thrilling games.
Carol Zhao, the other Canadian on the courts this morning, resisted only in theory to No.18 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. It took the favourite 55 minutes to earn the two-set win (6-1, 6-2).
Maria Sharapova made her return to Centre Court after yesterday’s rain delay. Already leading 4-1, she sealed the deal against Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria (6-1, 6-2).
The afternoon had a few surprises in store. Johanna Konta of Great Britain, who demolished Serena Williams last week in San Jose, blew the crowd away again. Her victim was 11th-seed Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia (6-7, 6-1, 6-2). Qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain took no time disposing of Naomi Osaka (16) of Japan in two sets.
Alizé Cornet of France secured her ticket to the next round with a three-set win over Tatjana Maria of Germany. Petra Kvitova (8) of the Czech Republic easily overpowered Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Finally, Julia Goerges (10) outclassed qualifier Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in three sets.
Ashleigh Barty (15) of Australia, Sorana Cirstea of Romania, Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania also posted wins today.