Eugenie Bouchard, Tsvetana Pironkova and Others to Compete at Australian Open 2021 Women’s Qualifiers in Dubai

Published 12/29/2020, 5:32 AM EST
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada celebrates against Jamie Loeb of the United States during their round 3 women’s singles qualifying match during the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)


Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard had been one of the most promising prospects when she arrived first on tour. In the year 2014, she had the best season of her career. She managed to reach the semi-finals at the Australian Open and French Open that year. The former world no. 5 was the finalist at Wimbledon that season.

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However, the Canadian has not been able to maintain those standards set in recent years. With the 2021 season soon about to begin, Bouchard is planning on playing the Australian Open, although this time she needs to pass through the qualifying stages. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the qualifiers are going to be held in Dubai. 

PARIS, FRANCE October 02. Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in action against Iga Swiatek of Poland in the third round of the singles competition on Court Simonne Mathieu during the French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on October 2nd 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard to headline Australian Open 2021 Qualifiers

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Tournament director, Craig Tiley was grateful to the authorities of the UAE for their help in conducting the qualifying rounds. He stated, “We appreciate the assistance of our friends and colleagues in Dubai for hosting the Australian Open 2021 women’s qualifying event due to the current travel restrictions into Australia.”

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The Australian Open 2021 main draw is going to be held in Melbourne from February 8 till February 21. The qualifying round will take place from January 10 till 13. 

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The Dubai Sports Council also complimented the organizers of the Australian Open. They issued a statement which said, “We are really proud to welcome 128 tennis players from around the globe for the women’s qualifying of the Australian Open 2021. The decision to host these events here shows the global sports fraternity’s confidence in Dubai’s ability to deliver top-notch tournaments in completely safe surroundings in these challenging times.” 

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Players such as Eugenie Bouchard and US Open 2020 quarterfinalist Tsvetana Pironkova will be seen in action in Dubai. Usually, the main draw begins in the month of January and ends at the beginning of February.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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