Paris: Canadian sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard, a semi-finalist in 2014, crashed out of this year's French Open in the first round yesterday at the hands of France's Kristina Mladenovic.
Eugenie Bouchard returns to Kristina Mladenovic. Pic/AFP
Bouchard went down 4-6, 4-6 to the World No 44 — a defeat which will lead to a dent in her world rankings.
The defeat was the Canadian's eighth in her last nine matches after the season started relatively promisingly with a run to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.
For 22-year-old Mladenovic, the win follows her first-round defeat of Chinese star Li Na at the French Open at the same stage last year.
"To get past the first round in these conditions, it's magnificent," said Mladenovic.
Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki won through to the second round, beating Italy's Karin Knapp 6-3, 6-0. The Danish has never gone beyond the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.