Bouchard unfazed by latest setback

Bouchard, who was coming off a first round loss to Kristina Mladenovic in the French Open, fared no better at the Topshelf Open in Holland on Tuesday as she was beaten by Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round. 

The world number 11 found herself trailing 3-1 in the first set, but rallied back to level things up at 3-3. However, Shvedova outplayed her for the remainder of the set and clinched it 6-4.

Bouchard showed flashes of her best during the second set as she won 10 of 11 games to take the set 6-1. 

But, even though the Canadian raced ahead with a 4-0 lead in the third, she seemed to have no answer to Shvedova's spirited comeback as the Kazakhstani won the next six games in a row to beat Bouchard 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in just under two hours. 

Even though she suffered back-to-back first round losses, Bouchard was surprisingly pleased with her performance and feels that it is only a matter of time before she gets back to her best. 

"I'm always disappointed to lose, but I feel like I played some good tennis, and I'm getting closer to where I want to be on the court," Bouchard told the official WTA website. "It's a small step forward. I feel like I was serving and returning better. I felt like I was playing a lot more instinctively out there than I have been.

"I need to close matches out better, but this was a step in the right direction."

Bouchard's loss to Shvedova marked her ninth early exit this season, the first of which came against Mona Barthel at the BNP Paribas Diamond Games in Belgium in February. 

Bouchard's best performance since the BNP Paribas Diamond Games has been the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, where she managed to make it to the fourth round before losing 6-7 (7), 5-7, 4-6 to Lesya Tsurenko. 

Despite Bouchard's woes continuing to mount less than three weeks before Wimbledon, where she became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final last year, the 21-year-old is confident of going one step further this year by winning her first major Grand Slam.