Italy’s Camila Giorgi upset fifth-seed Eugenie Bouchard 7-5 6-4 on Tuesday in the first round of the Citi Open.
It’s the fourth time in the Canadian’s past 10 tournaments that she has lost her opening match. Bouchard most recently reached the round of 32 at Wimbledon before losing to Dominika Cibulkova.
Bouchard said she felt `out of it’ from the beginning but put no blame on the heat and instead credited Giorgi for keeping her off balance.
“She kind of plays not like any other player, really: absolutely no rhythm, not long points at all,” Bouchard said.
“I found it hard to get my feeling and get into points and stuff.”
Bouchard battled back from a 4-1 first-set deficit to tie it at 4-4 before Giorgi held serve and broke her to win 7-5.
Bouchard was broken to fall behind 4-2 in the second set, again she battled back but was broken again to lose the match.
Bouchard said afterward she was still unsure about playing in the Rio Olympics, citing concerns about the Zika virus.
The 24-year-old Giorgi will face Austria’s Tamira Paszek, who defeated American qualifier Lauren Albanese 6-3 6-4, in the second round.
“I think everything was fine,” Giorgi said of her game.
“I was really solid in the baseline and the return of serve was aggressive. Everything was going forward my game I play, so it went good.”
American Christina McHale upset eighth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-3 6-4, while Sabine Lisicki and Naomi Broady also recorded straight sets wins to advance to the second round.