Despite having fallen to number 130th in the world, Eugenie Bouchard has obtained a wild-card into the Montreal Open as she prepares for the 2018 US Open.
Bouchard is a former Wimbledon finalist but her form has tapered off since then, having made just one Grand Slam quarter-final since that title-decider in 2014. Even worse, it’s been 11 Grand Slam tournaments since she entered the fourth round of a major.
In the previous two editions of the US Open, she was knocked out of the tournament in the very first round.
As a result her ranking has taken a tumble but recently, Bouchard made it to the Gstaad Open semi-final, her best performance in a WTA tournament in ages. That might have prompted the WTA Montreal organisers to give her the wild-card.
In a press release, tournament director Eugene Lapierre said: “Eugenie is currently showing great things and we hope that she can keep her momentum going in Montreal.”
“She gave fans a great show back in April when she got two important wins at the most recent Fed Cup tie. We cannot wait to see her in action at home once again.”
It’s also been revealed she will be playing on the opening day of the tournament on August 6. (Buy Rogers Cup Tickets Here)
Elina Svitolina will enter the competition as the defending champions in the women’s section of the draw, having won the title last year by beating Caroline Wozniacki in the final. Karolina Pliskova, the top seed in that tournament had been knocked out in the quarter-finals along with the fourth seeded Garbine Muguruza, while second seeded Simona Halep got as far as the semi-final.
Bouchard had got a wild-card last year as well but she was knocked out in the first round of the Rogers Cup by qualifier Donna Vekic in straight sets.