Fame finally caught up with Eugenie Bouchard on Monday in a groggy, dizzy conclusion to her Grand Slam season which ended in a fourth round loss at the US Open"> Fame finally caught up with Eugenie Bouchard on Monday in a groggy, dizzy conclusion to her Grand Slam season which ended in a fourth round loss at the US Open"/>Fame finally caught up with Eugenie Bouchard on Monday in a groggy, dizzy conclusion to her Grand Slam season which ended in a fourth round loss at the US Open"/>
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US Open: Fame catches up with weary Eugenie Bouchard

New York: Fame finally caught up with Eugenie Bouchard on Monday in a groggy, dizzy conclusion to her Grand Slam season which ended in a fourth round loss at the US Open.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard walks off court after being beaten by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova on Monday
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard walks off court after being beaten by Russia's Ekaterina Makarova on Monday 

The 20-year-old Canadian golden girl, playing her 58th match of a breakout year which saw her reach the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens and take the runner-up spot at Wimbledon, went down 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

It was a disappointing way to end her US Open, but she admitted her status as the new poster girl of the women's game had probably played a role.

Monday's match was played in the crushing heat and humidity of the afternoon whereas her last two matches were in the night-time slot on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Light-headed & dizzy
Bouchard said: "I was feeling very light-headed and dizzy on the court, just seeing things a little blurry. I generally didn't feel good.

I've had a few late, tough matches here, and I don't think I fully recovered from those. The doctors think the heat got to me. And they know I probably was more tired than usual from the past few matches."

Bouchard had to have both her blood pressure and temperature taken midway through the second set. Her on-court struggles were at dramatic odds with the cheerful blonde, who mesmerised Wimbledon.

But since then, Bouchard has been distinctly under-powered, winning just one match in three tournaments coming here.

'Outside distractions'
"I definitely felt a lot of outside expectations and pressure to win matches. I felt more like it's normal if I win and it's a bit more of a disaster when I lost. That's something I need to block out," she admitted.

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