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WUHAN, China -- Canadian Eugenie Bouchard overcame a break in the third set to beat Mona Barthel of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the Wuhan Open on Tuesday. Its Bouchards first tournament since her dramatic exit from the fourth round of the U.S. Open. The Westmount, Que., native, who is seeded sixth in China, lost in straight sets to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia after struggling with the heat at Flushing Meadows. She was supposed to play in Hong Kong earlier this month but withdrew citing fatigue. Meanwhile, top-ranked Serena Williams retired from her second-round match due to a viral illness, dropping a third match to Alize Cornet this year. Williams, playing her first match since winning the U.S. Open, had just converted a break point for a 6-5 lead and was clearly hot and bothered when she asked for treatment beside the court. She withdrew moments later and was helped from the court by a trainer. Cornet beat Williams at Dubai in February and had a third-round win at Wimbledon. The Frenchwoman is the first player since Justine Henin in 2007 to beat Williams three times in year, the WTA said, and has improved to 3-3 in career meetings with the most dominant woman in tennis. "I felt dizzy and nauseous in the first set and unfortunately couldnt continue," Williams said in a brief statement in which she apologized to fans. The tournaments top two players were eliminated within hours of each other, with Williams exiting after Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat No. 2-ranked Simona Halep of Romania 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Muguruza, who beat Williams in the second round at the last French Open, dropped the first set in 35 minutes but rallied to win the first four games of the second set and the last four games of the third to advance. It was a bad afternoon for seeds on other courts, too. No. 10 Jelena Jankovic was trailing 4-1 when she retired against American player Coco Vandeweghe due to a back problem, and she joined on the sidelines No. 11 Sara Errani of Italy, No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova, and No. 16 Andrea Petkovic of Germany. In evening matches, however, No. 3 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic trounced Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 6-0, No. 7 Angelique Kerber of Germany had a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan , and No. 8 Caroline Wozniacki held off Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4). The new WTA tournament attracted almost all of the top 20 women, but most of them are already out of contention. Hometown star Li Na didnt even start, the two-time major winner calling it quits on her professional career on Friday citing knee injuries. Five of the seeded players were ousted on the opening day Monday, including No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 9 Ana Ivanovic, who went down a day after winning the title at Tokyo. 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"That was a bad call," said the now 31-year-old Lupul of the choice to fight Doan, laughing at the thought 14 years after the fact. Like William Nylander, the Maple Leafs top prospect, Lupul burst out of the draft with the highest of expectations, coming off a year in junior which saw him pot 56 goals in 72 games. But unlike Nylander, who is vying for a spot in the NHL right away this fall, Lupul was given no illusions about his future with the Mighty Ducks or where he stood at that point. He was going back to Medicine Hat in the Dub and that was that. "I dont think it was even a possibility of me being on the team," Lupul remembered. "I got to play some exhibition games and that was cool and I was going back to junior." Lupul observed the NHLs evolution since that point, a stunning change under the cap system which has seen players as young as eighteen leap right into the NHL and contribute. Expectations of first round draft picks have really sky-rocketed, their progress – daily, monthly and yearly – picked apart by eager fan-bases, scrutinizing media and impatient organizations. The "bust" label gets thrown around a lot quicker in this landscape. "Its changed that way," Lupul said. "The league is getting younger and younger and theyre trying to get these prospects in as quick possible. But by all means if a guys ready and earns a spot he deserves it." And that will be just the question with Nylander in the coming days. Is he ready right now to be an NHL contributor or is he better served with further seasoning and development elsewhere? Much of the question will come down to his smallish build, which lacks in the way of noticeable heft or man-strength. Viktor Loov, a Leafs prospect who played with Nylander in Sweden last year and is also rooming with him at training camp this fall, says that despite Nylanders look, hes actually "really fit". "He seems lazy, but hes not," said Loov of Nylander, who just happened to stroll by, clad in a red baseball cap turned backwards. Nonetheless, Loov conceded that Nylander struggled some with the physical burden in the Swedish League, sometimes outmuscled by bigger defenders in the corners. As a 17-year-old – he turned 18 in May – Nylander mustered just one goal and seven points in 22 games on a Modo squad led in scoring by former NHLer Kyle Cumiskey. "Hes fast on his skates so when he gets [his] speed up he handles it well," Loov observed. "He doesnt play the same way as anybody else. Hes so skilled. He does things that other players cant do. Maybe people expect that everyone should do the same thing, but hes a different player." But can he do it at this age for an 82-game season and possibly beyond? Is he ready for the nightly battles, bumps and bruises which linger from September to April and test not only the body but the mind and spirit? Jumping from the second tier of Swedish hockey to the top league, as Nylander did last year, is one thing. Making the leap to the NHL is another. The speeds are faster. The competition is better. The players hit harder. A thick 20-year-old, James van Riemsdyk stepped into the league after two seasons at the University of New Hampshire. He jumped from 30-plus games opposite college kids to nearly 80 in the NHL opposite talents like Crosby and Malkin.dddddddddddd "Its definitely tough," said van Riemsdyk, scoring 15 goals as a rookie that year. "It was the most games Id ever played in a season. I think the most I played before that was maybe 65 [games] or so. Obviously thats an adjustment and youre playing against the best players in the world too so mentally if you can just get ready for every night its a lot easier to be ready physically." "Hes got a ton of skill obviously," Lupul added. "Probably physically [he] needs to mature a little bit, but that doesnt mean you cant play." Beyond the physical and mental hurdles are challenges not so obvious to the eye. The details of the game – can he handle himself defensively? – are difficult to absorb at any age let alone as a teenager. Lupul believes that can some of that can be overcome with simple energy and enthusiasm, but then theres also the re-acclimation to an NHL-sized rink. "Ive been practicing on this ice for now a month," Nylander said, "so I dont think my thinking process will be a lot different." Nylanders skills are NHL quality; his bursts of speed, vision and creativity, ability to change gears, all that cant denied. "I think hes got some of the quickest hands Ive ever seen," van Riemsdyk said. "He can stickhandle in a tollbooth. He makes stuff happen out of nothing it seems like." To make the team Nylander will have to not only demonstrate his readiness, but oust one or two of the depth forwards (with one-way contracts) added in the offseason. And if hes landing a spot its likely in a prime position alongside some of the teams higher skilled players. The Leafs have and will continue to give him every possible avenue to succeed. Theyve paired him with Phil Kessel since camp opened last week, adding Mike Santorelli to the mix at centre for his exhibition debut Tuesday against the Flyers. In doing so the club is able to measure his abilities alongside high-end talent and opposite the evenings toughest competition. Nerves were noticeable for him against Philadelphias split-squad and predictably so. Henrik Tallinder, a fellow Swede and 35-year-old vet, tried to ease them as best he could beforehand. "He said before the game started," said Tallinder of Nylander, "what have I got myself into? I was laughing and I said thats a normal reaction for playing your first NHL game." "The pregame warmup I was just looking around and I was like this is crazy and then the nerves started kicking in even more," Nylander said afterward. "This is the first time Ive played in front of so many people. In Sweden we only get like 5,000 people to the game. It was a surreal feeling." Nerves pumping throughout his nearly 16 minutes, Nylander did manage to create a chance or two. He was robbed by a sprawling Steve Mason on a power-play in the middle period before breaking out with a goal in the 19th minute of the third. "I think he was an energetic, nervous, young hockey player," head coach, Randy Carlyle said following the 4-0 win. Noting the obvious package of skills, Carlyle also observed "some things wed like to see him change", including his awareness on the defensive side of the puck. But, he added, judging a player his first NHL game wouldnt be quite fair. "Any young player playing in his first game in the NHL is going to be somewhat nervous," said Carlyle. "Well really [have] more of a deeper evaluation of where hes at [Wednesday] night." Ultimately, theres no reason for the Leafs to rush. If Nylander isnt ready right now thats fine – they can also employ the nine-game window early in the NHL season. A year with the Marlies (less likely) or back home in Sweden will only help him develop. ' ' '

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