WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard Grinds on the Tennis Court Post Australian Open 2021 Exit

Published 01/26/2021, 3:43 PM EST
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)


Former World No.5 Eugenie Bouchard is back on the tennis court grinding out following a disappointing loss in the second qualifying round of the Australian Open 2021. Bouchard had lost out to 215th ranked Yue Yuan 6-2, 6-4.

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Bouchard was seen practicing from behind the baseline. She hit some high forehand and backhand strokes. And looked comfortable on a Monday morning practice.

Obviously, the mood in the Bouchard camp is sour. The Canadian had ended the 2020 season well as she re-entered the top 200 rankings. But her qualifying performances at the Australian Open were poor. Bouchard bowed out of the Australian Open main draw contention in the qualifying rounds for the second time in a row.

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Eugenie Bouchard and her bad start to 2021

Genie Bouchard’s 2021 got off to a poor start as she fell sick after her Australian Open exit. The Canadian player informed everybody about her health conditions on Instagram. First, she suffered from food poisoning, and recently she was down with flu. So fortunes haven’t been favoring Bouchard at the start of the 2021 season.

Furthermore, Bouchard had taken an adventurous detour after her Aus Open 2021 exit. The qualifying tournament for the Aus Open happened in the middle-east, thus she visited the desert in Dubai, UAE. There she was riding a buggy and was supercharged with happiness. It probably rejuvenated her mood to practice and improve her performances.

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Genie Bouchard was regarded as a prodigy in her teens. She was often compared to Maria Sharapova as well. 2014 was her breakthrough year as she had strong Grand Slam finishes and even reached the Wimbledon final. But from there slowly her form plummeted.

Bouchard started dropping down the rankings, and a concussion injury at the US Open 2015 hurt her chances. Since then she hasn’t won a single title and is still searching for her 2014 form. Despite all these ups and downs, Bouchard is still only 26 and has time to salvage her career in 2021.

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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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