Former world No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard has accepted a wildcard into the Chennai Open, the tournament announced. Bouchard, 28, is set to participate in the Chennai Open inaugural edition. Bouchard, who is now the 964th-ranked player in the world, was out for more than a year before returning to action last month in Vancouver.
Bouchard underwent a shoulder surgery last year and she went 16 months without action. Now, Bouchard is healthy again and hoping to achieve some notable results.
Bouchard set to play Chennai, Sania Mirza in doubt
Mirza, a six-time Grand Slam doubles champion, likely won't be participating at this year's Chennai Open.
Mirza is playing her last season on the Tour and the tournament organizers would absolutely love to have her. “I had a long chat with Sania during Wimbledon where she had said that she was going to participate at the US Open and also had a good chance of making it to the WTA Finals which would have made it hard for her to come back to India for Chennai Open and then go back.
But now that she is injured, it does not look like she is going to play at US Open and whether she would be fit enough to play with us, we will have to wait and see. Even if she does not play, TNTA would like to invite and felicitate her for the incredible career that she has had," Amritraj said.
Meanwhile, Caroline Garcia is expected to be the first seed at the tournament. Last week, Garcia clinched her third title of the season after beating Petra Kvitova in the Cincinnati final. Garcia has been in a great form in recent months as she has won three titles since June.
Garcia is playing great and she will definitely be the top favorite for the Chennai title but it will also be interesting to see how Bouchard does. Bouchard is maybe coming off a long injury break but she can play well on hard.