US Open: Genie Bouchard wins for 1st time after 17 months away from tennis

Tennis – Bouchard advanced to the next US Open qualifying round.

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard managed to win her first match after being away from tennis for 17 months. She achieved the victory in the first round of the US Open qualifiers, where Genie met Yuki Naito, WTA world number 197. The match ended 6-3 6-3 for Genie Bouchard, who saved all the 4 break points had by her Japanese opponent.

The win came after Bouchard failed her tour comeback. Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard made a comeback in Vancouver at the Odlum Brown VanOpen tennis tournament, where she was involved in an accreditation mishap.

The 28-year-old native of Montreal received a wild card entry for the WTA 125 competition, which was held at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver from August 13–21.

Unfortunately for Bouchard, she didn’t get past the first round. Dutch player Arianne Hartono won against Genie in two sets (6-2, 6-2). Bouchard has been out since March of last year due to a shoulder injury.

Bouchard entered US Open using a protected ranking entry

According to Eugenie Bouchard, she entered US Open using one of her protected ranking entries.

“Due to my shoulder surgery, I get a limited number of protected ranking (PR) entries. As much as I love Wimbledon and skipping it makes me sad, using a PR entry at a tournament with no ranking points doesn’t make sense.

I must choose wisely and use my PR entries at tournaments that will help me get back to where I want to be. i am continuing my training/rehab and plan on returning to competition later this summer. I will now use my two Grand Slam PR entries for the US Open and the Australian Open,” Bouchard said.

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