The US Open Women's Singles saw seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard crash out in the fourth round on Tuesday. The Canadian woman lost 6-7, 4-6 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.
Bouchard had to battle dizziness and blurred vision in the encounter as it was a rather hot day. In the end the Canadian tennis player had nothing left in the tank. Credit, however, should not be taken away from Makarova as the Russian too battled the heat to come out victorious in this saturating encounter.
For Bouchard, the loss meant it is the first Grand Slam this year in which she has exited before the semi-finals. She was the losing finalist at Wimbledon this year.
Here the heat did affect her to the point where she became afflicted due to it. "Once in a while, I get a little bit light-headed. That's what happens," Fox Sports quoted Bouchard as saying.
Later, Bouchard sought medical attention to counter dizziness and blurred vision. Her opponent Makarova too welcomed the break.
"Well, actually, I thought, 'Thanks,' because I was also tired," said Makarova.
In another match, Serena Williams emerged triumphant against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in the fourth round encounter on Monday. Williams won the match quite convincingly as the score line read 6-3, 6-3.
"I finally made a quarterfinal this year!" I think I felt it in my service game. I'm like, 'Can I please make it to a Grand Slam quarters this year?' So glad to do it in New York," she said, reported Los Angeles Times.
In the quarter-finals, she will face Flavia Penneta of Italy. "Of course, she's better than me, but if I still believe I can beat her, maybe if she doesn't have a good day, I can do that," said Penneta.
Victoria Azarenka too made it to the quarter-finals as she beat Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.