2015 just hasn’t been kind to WTA star Genie Bouchard. The Canadian had to retire earlier today in Beijing after losing the second set to Andrea Petkovic due to dizzy from the concussion she sustained last month at the US Open.
“I thought I was physically ready but unfortunately the symptoms of my concussion came back,” Bouchard said in a statement. “I want to thank all my fans at the China Open for their support. I hope to get well soon and look forward to returning next year.”
With the season winding down, Bouchard may be finished for the year.
“I just asked her what happened, and she told me that she felt very dizzy,” Petkovic said. “Then I asked if it was the same, if it was still the concussion. She said it tends to come back when she gets physically very active.
“I feel it’s really bad luck because I thought she was playing so well again and I hope she gets better and keeps up her good play.”
Also in the second round, Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Sloane Stephens and Agnieszka Radwanska, Madison Keys and Roberta Vinci were winners.
In the men’s draw, two top eight seeds fell as Viktor Troicki beat Milos Raonic and Andreas Haider-Maurer stunned an ailing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-2.
“It’s not really important what happened when I was a little bit dizzy,” said Tsonga. “The most important thing for me was the start of the match and this first set I lost. The second set I didn’t play well. That’s it. Today I didn’t lose because I was dizzy, I just lost because I was bad, and that’s it.”
Tomorrow in Beijing, former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal open play along with David Ferrer. The women will be headlined by Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams who meets Ana Ivanovic.
Djokovic is a perfect 24-0 at the event winning all five times he’s played before. He’ll also play doubles later with his brother.
In Tokyo, Kei Nishikori overcame a set down to turn away Borna Coric 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Nishikori is bidding to win his third Tokyo title in four years. He will next face Sam Querrey who was a winner over Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(5), 6-4.
“The first match is always tough in any tournament and you are nervous,” said Nishikori told the Japan Times. “I rushed myself a little bit too much to take control of the match. Coric played well and persistently to win the first set.
“Though I lost the opening set, I’m satisfied with my performance today because I was able to regain my rhythm.”
Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet will show off their 1-handed backhands tomorrow. Wawrinka faces Radek Stepanek.
“Radek is a tough match. I’ve lost many times against him,” said Wawrinka. “He’s an aggressive player, using some serve and volley. He doesn’t give you too much rhythm. So I’ll have to be ready, I’ll have to relax.”
TUESDAY BEIJING SCHEDULE
NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
WTA – [WC] Q. Wang (CHN) vs  C. Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] D. Wu (CHN) vs  R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP –  N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Bolelli (ITA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA –  A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs V. Williams (USA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) vs  J. Isner (USA)
LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
ATP – [WC] Y. Lu (TPE) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – T. Pereira (BRA) vs  F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA –  A. Kerber (GER) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP –  D. Ferrer (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – After suitable rest – [WC] M. Gong (CHN) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [WC] D. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Djokovic (SRB)
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