Bouchard lost to ex-world No. 1 Kerber 6-1, 6-3 in just under one hour to help Germany complete a 3-0 win over Canada in the mixed team competition.
It was Kerber’s second win in as many singles matches in Perth this week and the German, who has dropped to No. 21 in the rankings after a disappointing 2017 season looks on her way back to her best.
Bouchard, a former top-five player herself, is 4-2 head-to-head against Kerber on the WTA tour but couldn’t find her consistency against her resurgent opponent.
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Nick Kyrgios has voiced his support for good friend Andy Murray, who revealed the extent of his hip injury that has kept him out of action for nearly six months now.
Kyrgios, who overcame a knee problem to battle past fellow Aussie Matthew Ebden 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International on Wednesday, has struggled with a hip issue himself last year and says he pays particular attention to it in the gym to keep it under control.
"It's pretty sad," he said of Murray's continued injury woes.
"I think he's definitely a fan favourite. He brings a lot of the people to all these tournaments. And he's a good friend of mine. And it's just sad seeing him, you know, a guy like that getting injured. Because you saw him at Wimbledon struggling and, obviously, been struggling ever since. And it sucks, you know, seeing him not being able to get it right. He's been rehabbing now for almost five months.
Johanna Konta has had to battle through six tough sets over the past two days in Brisbane but the British world No. 9 assured she is grateful for the time spent on court as she acknowledges the tough period she had end of last year has left her lacking some match fitness.
Konta followed up her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Madison Keys in the opening round on Monday with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 success over Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.
The 26-year-old Konta admits she had problems both on the court and off it at the end of 2017, that saw her finish the season on a five-match losing streak.
The British No. 1 believes her problems are behind her now as she looks to regain the fine form that helped her make the Wimbledon semi-finals and win Miami last year.
"Some of the things that I was dealing with end of last year, also off the court and just generally emotionally and physically even, with certain things, they have obviously resolved themselves," Konta said on Tuesday after her difficult triumph over Tomljanovic.