Eugenie Bouchard Upsets No.8 Seed, Reaches QFs of WTA Abierto Zapopan 2021

Published 03/10/2021, 10:31 PM EST
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 06: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada wins a point against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during a first round match on Day 4 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 06, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)


Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard is finally coming around with some of her best tennis. In the second round of WTA Abierto de Guadalajara, she upset No. 8 seed Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-3.

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After her second unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Australian Open 2021, the 27-year-old had raised serious concerns for the season. However, the determination to improve has got her through the slump.

Also, taking out a seed will lead to a substantial boost in her confidence. Above all, this result was a consequence of her training and consistently preparing.

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Bouchard stands, and Juvan walks out of Abierto Zapopan 2021

Eugenie Bouchard had once been a massive threat for all the players on the women’s tour. Despite having only one WTA title, fans follow and love the former World No. 5 even today.

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 neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

The 20-year-old Slovenian professional, Kaja Juvan, gifted Bouchard points with seven double faults. She even failed to control her nerves against the Canadian. As a result, the current World No. 91 saw a hard defeat against Bouchard and slipped away 250 points.

Unlike her opponent, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist kept her wits about her until the last game of the opening round. Moreover, her clean striking of the ball was a treat to watch.

To seal the match, Bouchard received help from the net, but she immediately apologised before celebrating. She deservedly wore a match-winning smile afterwards.

The Canadian professional has entered her first WTA 250 quarterfinals in 2021. Since the defending champion, Veronika Kudermetova, is playing in Dubai, a new winner will emerge in Mexico.

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The Canadian star will face either Tamara Zidansek or Caty McNally to reach the semi-finals. With only two out of the top eight seeds left in the tournament, the chance of winning the title seems bright for Bouchard.

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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada competes in her Women’s Singles Quarter Final match against Elise Mertens of Belgium during the WTA Prague Open tennis tournament at TK Sparta Praha on August 14, 2020, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Martin Sidorjak/Getty Images)

In case she manages to get past the last-eight round, Bouchard might face one of the seeds in the semi-final. The WTA Abierto de Guadalajara could very well be her second WTA title. Her first title came in 2014 at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the final.

Can Bouchard bring home the trophy from here on?

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