By Sean Farrell, special to EmiratesUSOpenSeries.
MONTREAL - A double bagel is as good as it gets for a win on the tennis court. Turn that around and it is a demoralizing result from the loser's perspective.
For Ana Ivanovic to be on the receiving end of such a defeat is positively stunning. Roberta Vinci dealt the 2008 French Open champion a 6-0, 6-0 second-round loss Thursday as the 11th-seeded Ivanovic made a shocking exit from the Rogers Cup.
"I can't remember the last time I had a match like this, you know, maybe not since junior," Ivanovic said. "It's obviously tough but I just want to try and put it behind me and try to forget about this because that's the only thing you can do. You can't dwell so much."
In fact, Ivanovic had never previously been shut out in straight sets.
"I really struggled to find my rhythm out there," Ivanovic said. "It came as a little bit of a surprise because I was practicing really well and I felt the ball nicely. I just struggled to find my feet and to get two consecutive balls in the court. Against players like Roberta, that don't make many errors, it's always going to be tough."
Vinci admitted that she hardly expected to claim such a one-sided win.
"Yes, very surprised," Vinci said. "It is not easy to win 6-0, 6-0, against a great player, for sure."
It certainly was not easy for Vinci to win her first-round match. Facing Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, the 29-year-old Italian battled through three sets for a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, win in Tuesday's main draw opener at Uniprix Stadium.
Vinci credited one aspect of her game for giving Ivanovic fits.
"She doesn't like my slice," Vinci said. "I play a lot of slice. I play all the time slice so probably this was the key. She was a little confused about my slice."
Canadian wild-cards Aleksandra Wozniak and Eugenie Bouchard continued to show that they were worthy entrants to the tournament's main draw.
Wozniak delighted her hometown fans with a 6-2, 6-3 win over 13th seed Jelena Jankovic. It was her first win in five career meetings against Jankovic.
"Yeah, it was about time," Wozniak said. "I really wanted to win this because I have lost tough matches against her."
Rain poured down after the match, wreaking havoc with the rest of the afternoon and evening schedule.
Ranked 237th at the outset of the tournament, Bouchard gave a gutsy showing in front of the partisan stadium crowd in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to 10th seed Li Na of China.
After enduring a lengthy delay in starting the match, the Wimbledon girls' singles and doubles champion could easily have been done in by nerves once she finally took center court to face the 2011 French Open champion.
"It's not the best thing but it's the same for both players," Bouchard said. "You just lie on the couch and listen to music and wait and wait and wait. I was happy to play tonight and there were still a decent amount of people in the crowd so that was fun. It's just one of those things you have to deal with."