“Can’t Wait”: Eugenie Bouchard Announces Tennis Return After Missing Australian Open 2021

Published 02/16/2021, 12:22 AM EST
NEW HAVEN, CT – AUGUST 22: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada looks on before her match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during Day 5 of the Connecticut Open at Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 22, 2017 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


It has been long since Eugenie Bouchard enjoyed any luck on the tennis court. After failing to qualify for the Australian Open 2020, she missed out on the year’s first grand slam event after losing her second qualifier game against Yue Yuan. 

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Her downward spiral is a cause of worry amongst her loyal fans, the Genie Army, and the Tennis promoters who wish to see her performing well.

Now, after playing a minimal amount of professional tennis this past year, Genie is ready to roll with a tournament that did not take place last year.

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada addresses the media during previews of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on July 24, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Eugenie Bouchard has refreshing news for her fans

The 26-YO player recently posted a video to share about her next on-court appearance. In a self-shot video, the Canadian revealed in excitement, “Hola Guadalajara. I’m so glad to be coming to Mexico to play this event.

“I was supposed to play last year, but unfortunately, it got canceled. So I’m very happy for the tournament that they’re able to host the event.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all you guys out there, the Mexican people. I can’t wait to have some Mexican food and [speaking Spanish].”

The WTA tournament in Guadalajara will also see active participation from American Sloane Stephens, Czech Marie Bouzkova, and Argentine Nadia Podoroska.

The event was canceled because of the pandemic in 2020 and saw its last champion in Russian Veronika Kudermetova (2019). The WTA 250K series level Abierto Zapopan tennis event will run from March 8-13th to find its second champion.

What are Genie’s chances to win this one?

The odds are against Eugenie Bouchard if her past year’s performance is taken into consideration. Even in 2019, the tennis sensation lost each of the French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open in the first round.

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Her Prague Open 2020 loss to Elise Mertens and the French Open 2020 loss to Iga Swiatek suggests that she may have lost her edge against the bigger players. Her #141 WTA ranking will not help her case because she is sure to find better seeds in early rounds. 

The 5’10” player who saw her peek at least 6 years ago is strong at her serve but not at par with her defense. Also, making a comeback after giving away the first set has always proved tough for her.

It is refreshing to see that she is coming back with utmost excitement, but her chances to win the event are still thin. Do you believe she can lift the first title of this year in Mexico? Help us know in the comments.

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