Eugenie Bouchard's run at U.S Open comes to an end

Eugenie Bouchard reacts after a missed point against Ekaterina Makarova during their U.S. Open...

Eugenie Bouchard reacts after a missed point against Ekaterina Makarova during their U.S. Open match in New York on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:30 AM ET

NEW YORK - Red hot in Grand Slam play for most of this breakthrough year, Eugenie Bouchard couldn’t beat the heat on Monday.

With the sweltering conditions wearing her down and Ekaterina Makarova feeding Bouchard a steady diet of powerful groundstrokes, the Canadian limped to her 2014 Slam finish line and concluded a rough summer hard-court season earlier than she had hoped at the U.S. Open.

The seventh seed fell well short of matching her semifinal-or-better results at the previous three majors, dropping a 7-6 (2), 6-4 Round of 16 decision to No. 17 Makarova before a pro-Bouchard crowd on Monday at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

The 31C heat, which felt more like 40 with the humidity, resulted in Bouchard taking a medical timeout after falling behind 3-2 in the second set as she felt “very light headed and dizzy.”

Medical staff took her blood pressure and temperature and iced down an exhausted-looking Bouchard. To her credit, she kept fighting and even broke back in the match.

“I never want to retire from matches no matter what. I was going to play for sure,” she said.

But this wasn’t the Bouchard of the first six months of the year.


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