Bouchard's qualifying spot gets stolen then replaced by main draw WC in Transylvania

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Bouchard's qualifying spot gets stolen then replaced by main draw WC in Transylvania

After initially getting a wild card in the qualifiers of the WTA 250 tournament Transylvania Open, Genie Bouchard now finds herself with a main draw entry, where other stars like Emma Raducanu and Barbora Krejcikova await their first-round opponents.

The decision to give Bouchard a main draw wild card instead of the qualifiers one was taken by the organizers of the tournament. "We are pleased about the presence of Eugenie Bouchard at the Transylvania Open, for she is an attraction at any tournament she attends.

Genie was supposed to have a wild card on the qualifiers, but we decided to switch and give her one on the main draw. In this way, we give a chance to a Romanian player to play in the qualifiers. The wild card will go to our player from Cluj with excellent performances, at only 16 years old, Briana Szabo," said Patrick Ciorcilă, Transylvania Open WTA 250 tournament director.

Bouchard opted for an entry at Transylvania Open

Genie Bouchard, according to the TD of Transylvania Open, was the one who initially reached out to the organizers and expressed her wish to play in Cluj-Napoca, the city where TO is hosted.

"We are delighted to have here one of the most popular players in the WTA circuit! Eugenie Bouchard is coming off a serious injury and is extremely motivated to get back to the top of the world, where she has been for a long time.

Genie contacted us, and we gladly gave her a Wild Card on the qualifying draw [now turned into main draw WC], which makes it all more attractive," said Patrick Ciorcila, director of the Transylvania Open. Before Transylvania Open, Bouchard played in Chennai, Seoul, and Ostrava.

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