Eugenie Bouchard reaches her eighth career WTA final

Eugenie Bouchard (Wikimedia Commons)

Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal, Quebec reached her eighth career WTA Final on Saturday. Bouchard was a finalist at the 2021 Abierto Zapopan event at the Panamerican Tennis Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico  before losing to Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain, 6-2, 7-5.

In Guadalajara this past week, Bouchard got into the tournament as a wildcard. She beat qualifier Caroline Dolehide of the United States 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the first round, eighth seed Kajan Juvan of Slovenia 6-4, 6-3 in the second round, Catherine McNally of the United States 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and qualifier Elisabetta Cocciaretto of Italy 6-2, 7-6 in the semifinals.

This was Tormo’s first career title. The fourth-seed this past week in Mexico has won at least one grand slam match at each of the four major tournaments, and was ranked 71st in the world heading into the Abierto Zapopan.

Bouchard, meanwhile, has now reached eight WTA Finals, but has only won one title. That came at the 2014 Nuremburg Cup in Germany, where she beat former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Bouchard will remain in Mexico. She is next scheduled to compete at the Monterrey Open which starts on Monday. Bouchard’s first round opponent in Monterrey will be Lin Zhu of China. Leylah Annie Fernandez of Montreal, Quebec is also scheduled to participate in Monterrey, as she will play Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in the first round. The 2021 Monterrey Open number one seed is Sloane Stephens of the United States.

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