Eugenie Bouchard’s disappointing year continued Wednesday as she retired from her third-round match at the grass-court AEGON International in Eastbourne, England.
The world No 12 was trailing 6-4 3-0 when the trainer was called to treat an abdominal injury before she decided to curtail the match early and hand 18-year-old Bencic the win.
Last year’s Wimbledon losing finalist has had a difficult start to the grass season with her solitary victory being in the previous round at Eastbourne where she won in straight sets against American Alison Riske.
The Canadian, who has now won only two of her last 12 matches, was thoroughly outplayed by the world No 31 in the set and a half she did contest.
The severity of the injury sustained by Bouchard is not yet known, but it is hoped she will be fit enough to compete next week at Wimbledon.
Switzerland’s Bencic will now play Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals after the Briton caused another upset by beating world No 19 Garbine Muguruza of Spain in three sets.