MONTREAL — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard fell in straight sets on Saturday at its Fed Cup tie against Romania to tie the World Group playoff at a match apiece.
Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., lost 6-4, 6-4 to Alexandra Dulgheru in the second singles match of the day.
Bouchard never looked confident in the match, committing 21 unforced errors. Dulgheru, ranked No. 72 in the world, broke Bouchard in the only break point opportunity of the second set at 3-3.
Earlier in the day, Montreal’s Francoise Abanda defeated Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the opening singles match of the best-of-five tie.
The 18-year-old Montreal native needed two hours 39 minutes to register the victory.
On Sunday, Bouchard will play Begu while Abanda faces Dulgheru in singles before Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Toronto’s Sharon Fichman take on Andreea Mitu and Raluca Olaru in doubles.
Canada is looking to maintain its position in the elite eight-team World Group for 2016.
Abanda started the match impressively, fighting off two break points in the first game before breaking Begu for a 2-0 lead. But the Romanian went on to register two breaks of her own en route to a 6-4 victory.
The Canadian forced a third and deciding set by winning the second 7-5.
Begu opened the third with a break, then held serve for a 2-0 advantage. But Abanda countered with two breaks of her own en route to a 5-3 advantage before clinching the 6-4 decision with a final break of her Romanian opponent.
The Canadian Press