Abdominal discomfort forced Canadian Eugene Bouchard, seventh seed, to withdraw in the third round of the Eatsbourne tournament on Wednesday when she lost to Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-4, 3-0 five days before the start of Wimbledon.
“I will play Wimbledon. Does not matter how. Even if I only have one leg, ”the Canadian later said on social networks, who was a finalist at the All England Tennis Club last year and who in this edition had been designated twelfth seed.
Czech Petra Kvitova also pulled out of Eatsbourne on Monday due to illness.
They reached the quarterfinals, the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, second favorite, by defeating the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-7 (3), 6-3 and 6-1, and the German Andrea Petkovic, tenth, by beating the American Coco Vandeweghe, 6-3 and 6-4.