Tennis: Bouchard, Pironkova ruts deepened in Istanbul

Sara Errani and Kirsten Flipkens were dominant winners on Tuesday at the Istanbul Cup, but Eugenie Bouchard saw her rotten run go on.

Eugenie Bouchard and Tsvetana Pironkova were high-profile first-round casualties at the Istanbul Cup on Tuesday.

Former French Open semi-finalist and fourth seed Bouchard is in a woeful rut of form and a 6-0 6-4 defeat to Jana Cepelova was her sixth loss in a row on the WTA Tour and her sixth first-round exit of 2017, leaving her without a win since the second round of the Australian Open.

Pironkova (7) also continued poor form in Turkey, going down 6-2 6-4 to world number 257 Basak Eraydin - her fifth defeat in succession.

There was Romanian success as Irina-Camelia Begu (3) and Sorana Cirstea (5) saw off Tatjana Maria and Fiona Ferro respectively, while Sara Errani completed a dominant 6-0 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-wei, who only just avoided a double bagel by breaking the Italian as she served for the match.

Kirsten Flipkens benefited from the retirement of Kristina Kucova after winning the first set 6-0, while Anna Kalinskaya and Sara Sorribes Tormo were also victorious.

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