Hometown favorite Bouchard falls in Montreal

(Reuters) – The vocal support of the home crowd was not enough to carry Canadian Eugenie Bouchard into the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Tuesday as she fell 6-2 6-4 to Belgian Elise Mertens.

Aug 7, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Elise Mertens of Belgium hits a shot against Eugenie Bouchard of Canada (not pictured) in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at IGA Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Mertens, the 14th seed, won five break points to dispatch Bouchard, who has fallen to 129th in the world after reaching a career-high of fifth in 2014 — the year she…

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