Eugenie Bouchard surrendered in three sets against Jelena Ostapenko in the match valid for the round of 32 of the Guadalajara Open with the final score of 5-7 6-2 1-6. Overall it was a positive tournament for the Canadian who managed to take away the satisfaction of beating Kayla Day in the first round with a score of 7-5 6-3 and then playing her for a part of the match on par with the Latvian number 23 of the world ranking.
Genie is back to play again after a long break of 17 months for shoulder surgery. Since her return to the Tour in mid-August, she has played five main main draw tournaments, collecting 5 wins and 5 losses, a considerable amount considering the long stop.
The 28-year-old native of Montreal worked on television as a columnist for the Tennis Channel during her hiatus, although she missed the tennis very much. She explained: "I much prefer to play tennis. It was nice to do different activities off the court while I was out.
Honestly, being on live TV helped me fill that need for adrenaline that I was missing while playing tennis. It reproduced it a bit. It prompted me to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I prefer to sweat on the court.
I can always do this later in life. I still want to play tennis for a few years."
Eugenie Bouchard wowed her fans in last bathing suit PICS!
In Mexico, Bouchard was practically a fan favorite. After beating Day on her Guadalajara debut, Bouchard took a moment to thank her Mexican fans.
Genie told: "Yes, as I said on the court, I really feel special support. They are really passionate about tennis. I think I can speak for all players when I say we love to play in front of people who appreciate our work.
The fans here definitely do. They are tennis fanatics so it's really fun." Bouchard reached the pinnacle of her career in 2014 at 20 when she reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and the Roland Garros but above all the Wimbledon final where she only surrendered to Petra Kvitova.
That fantastic year led the Canadian to become number 5 in the world and to win her only WTA title in Nuremberg. Now with the sixteenths won in Mexico she will climb 88 positions advancing to 342nd place in the world rankings which can be a starting point to try the ascent.
Meanwhile, the Canadian delighted her fans with new enchanting pics in bathing suit on Instagram: