WTA International event in Auckland will take place between January 6-12, offering a chance for a strong field to make the best possible start of the year. Bianca Andreescu, Serena Williams and Cori Gauff should be the leading stars but the other players will seek their opportunity to shine as well, especially Eugenie Bouchard who received the main draw wild card.
The Canadian will finish the year ranked outside the top-200 for the first time since 2011 when she was still 17, experiencing a terrible year and hoping for a much better start of 2020. Former world no. 5 and Wimbledon finalist has not been able to fulfill her potential in the last couple of years, struggling with form and injuries and never reaching the WTA final after Kuala Lumpur in 2016.
Bouchard barely managed to stay inside the top-200 in June 2018 before bouncing back to close the year inside the top-90 for the sixth straight years after reaching the semi-final at Luxembourg Open as a qualifier at the end of the season.
With those 128 points, Eugenie cracked the top-100 again and was ready to chase more significant results in 2019, reaching the quarter-final in Auckland and losing to Serena Williams in the second round at the Australian Open.
Bouchard was the quarter-finalist at the Newport Beach 125K Series event, passing the opening round in Dubai in February before a tight loss to Simona Halep in the second round, hoping for more of the same in the next clashes against the rivals from the top.
Instead of that, the Canadian rattled off 13 straight defeats between February and November to hit rock bottom, unable to play at her best and dealing with injuries. Now, the Canadian is heading back to the event where she played on a high level in both singles and doubles (won the title with Sofia Kenin) in 2019, seeking much-needed victories and form ahead of the Australian Open qualifications.
"We are delighted to have Genie come back to Auckland. We loved having her here earlier this year, and I think you can tell from the performances she put out on the court that she enjoyed being here as well. Genie had a strong tournament this year, making it through to the quarter-final in the singles before going out to our eventual champion Julia Goerges.
In doubles, she and Sofia lifted that trophy after a great week on the court, really a well-deserved win for them both," said Tournament Director Karl Budge.