Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver criticize Jelena Ostapenko’s strategy against Eugenie Bouchard.

During her play against Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Guadalajara tournament, Jelena Ostapenko earned a call, according to former 22-time Grand Slam doubles champion Pam Shriver. Bouchard started moving on the baseline and making a squeaky sound at the beginning of the third set as she was getting ready to serve on a match point.

The squeaky sound reappeared as Bouchard was getting ready to hit the second serve after missing the first one. As Ostapenko grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third set, Bouchard served a double-fault, and Ostapenko went on to win 7-5 2-6 6-1.

Could this be argued as a hinderance before the umpire? Brad Gilbert, the former coach of Andre Agassi, tweeted in response to Shriver’s: “It surely should be.”

Definitely, it ought to be. https://t.co/NrkcMvyvTJ — Brad Gilbert on October 19, 2022 (@bgtennisnation)

Bouchard ultimately fell to Ostapenko in the third set, losing handily.

Before suffering a dramatic collapse and dropping the first set, Bouchard had a double break lead.

Bouchard recovered from losing a sizable lead in the opening set by breaking Ostapenko three times in the second set to force a deciding. Ostapenko got off to a 4-0 lead in the third set after making back-to-back breaks. Bouchard managed to recover one break in the fifth game to reduce the score to 4-1, but the next two games and the match were lost after that.

Bouchard achieved her first WTA 1000 victory since 2019 this past week. The 28-year-old Bouchard said she intends to play the game professionally for at least a few years after defeating Kayla Day in the Guadalajara first round. Bouchard missed 17 months of action before making a comeback in August.

“Tennis is a sport I much enjoy. While I was away, it was nice to engage in a variety of things off the court. Being on live TV, in all honesty, somewhat satisfied the urge for excitement I was lacking when playing tennis.

It somewhat resembled it. I have to push myself and step outside of my comfort zone. I much prefer to be perspiring on the court. Later on, I can always do it. I still intend to continue playing tennis for a while, “said Bouchard.