Eugenie Bouchard Misses Miami Open 2021, Vacations in California

Published 03/23/2021, 3:51 PM EDT
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada looks on during her singles match against Elise Mertens of Belgium on day seven during the 2018 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 5, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


The Miami Open 2021 has officially started. There are already significant absentees from the tournament, and one strange absentee is Eugenie Bouchard. The Canadian had a chance to rack up useful points from the tournament and jump in the WTA rankings, but she withdrew from the qualifying rounds and was recently seen vacationing in California, USA.

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada looks on. (Photo by Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images)

Bouchard is ranked 116th in the world. Thus, that put her way down in the alternate list and into the qualifying draw of the Miami Open. But she withdrew from playing the qualifiers and thus surrendered a chance to play for a position in the main draw.

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Eugenie Bouchard in 2021

Genie Bouchard has had a sour start to 2021. She started off with a disappointing loss in the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open 2021. This was the second successive year where Bouchard failed to make it to the Aussie Open main draw.

But things started to improve for the former Wimbledon finalist. She reached the doubles final at WTA Lyon and later reached the singles final at WTA Guadalajara.

Although she failed in both, this showed signs of recovery and a much-needed boost to her rankings. But next, she suffered a first-round exit at the WTA Mexico Open. Consequently, that broke the small momentum gain that she had accumulated.

Now, with no reason from the Canadian for her Miami withdrawal, it looks like she will not be returning to the tennis court anytime soon. Bouchard is in vacation mode and will reset again after a few weeks. Bouchard recently posted a picture on her Instagram handle of her in California.

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“It’s a long road. I just want to keep trying to play a lot of matches. That’s what’s been lacking for me,” Bouchard had said recently.

Bouchard is expected to return to the clay court. And now, with the WTA reverting back to the original ranking methods, Bouchard could potentially lose a significant part of her points. If she hopes to catch the French Open train, then she will have to play a lot of matches and recover the points.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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