Bouchard bounced back quickly in singles action
VANCOUVER — Back in the glory days of Genie’s Army, and known more for her tennis skills than her social media selfies or celebrity hangouts, the seemingly invincible Eugenie Bouchard was asked what superpower she’d wish for if she could have it.
His answer was to be invisible.
Well, if you’re a fan of the Westmount, Quebec native, you’re unhappy that wish somehow came true in the first round of women’s singles at the Odlam Brown VanOpen on Tuesday where Bouchard was knocked out in 70. minutes by Arianne Hartono of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-2.
Admittedly, it was the 28-year-old’s first time in singles competition in 17 months due to surgery and rehabilitation of her right shoulder. She looked rusty and uncertain at times, which was to be expected. But Hartono, who felt she had “stumbled a bit” initially, quickly found her footing and seemed unstoppable that day.
A former world No. 5, Bouchard was playing singles for the first time since losing in the first round of a tournament in Mexico in March 2021.
Bouchard became the first Canadian to advance to the singles final at a Grand Slam in 2014 when she lost in the final at Wimbledon to Petra Kvitova of Czechia, the country commonly known as the Czech Republic.
Bouchard has since suffered numerous injuries, including a concussion after falling in the coaching staff’s room at the US Open in September 2015.
Bouchard is still alive in the women’s doubles draw, where she and 17-year-old partner Kayla Cross of London, Ont., will face American Asia Muhammad and Miyu Kato of Japan in the quarterfinals after beating the Italian combo of Lucia Bronzetti and Elisabetta Cocciaretto on Sunday, 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-4.
In other women’s singles matches, Priscilla Hon of Australia defeated Marina Stakusic of Montreal 6-3, 6-3.
Later Monday, Rebecca Marino of Vancouver, seeded sixth in the tournament at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver, will face Emma Navarro of New York, while in the men’s competition, Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver will face Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves of Brazil. .
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 16, 2022.
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