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Genie Bouchard crashes out of Indian Wells

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Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who three years ago appeared destined for tennis stardom, took another step backward with an early loss at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The 23-year-old Bouchard, a former top-five player who is currently ranked No. 53, won the opening set of her first-round match against Germany's Annika Beck on Thursday but she was unable to maintain that high level and fell 6-3, 2-6, 2-6.

Next up for Beck in the second round will be 26th-ranked Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

In other first-round women's singles action Thursday, Spanish qualifier Sara Sorribes Tormo advanced with an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory over 36th-ranked Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

The 20-year-old Sorribes topped the two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist in just one hour and 19 minutes and will next face Polish world No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round.

In men's singles action Thursday at this hard-court event, another promising 20-year-old, Russia's Karen Khachanov, kicked off his Indian Wells campaign in style with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo.