With the cancelation of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and uncertainty around the Miami Open, the WTA $125K Challenger event in Guadalajara, Mexico is being expanded from a 32 player draw to a 56 player draw, according to report.
Meanwhile, Marie Bouzkova, who reached the final in the recent Monterrey event where she lost to Elina Svitolina, says she is looking forward to playing the tournament and hopes to continue her good form there. Speaking to the WTA website, Bouzkova says, "Maybe they’re making a little fun of me, but it’s ok (about her runner-up speech) I love when I'm able to say something funny to someone in his or her language, to make them laugh.
Many times, I’ve spoken Spanish with Sara Sorribes Tormo, and I’ll end up inventing a word because I’m just improvising, or taking an English word and making it sound Spanish!" Bouzkova scored a big win over Britain's Johanna Konta for her first Top 20 win of the season.
"She’s been feeling her knee, so for me, it was a very mental match because I knew she wasn’t 100% but she’d still be fighting to get through it. When I won, I was really happy and emotional at the end, especially because of how much the crowd had been supporting me.
They’re so nice! Looking back now, it’s amazing; growing up, I was watching WTA tournaments, so being in a final myself was really special. I started really well in Brisbane, making it through qualifying. I had some tough draws but in the end, my goal was to learn from them.
I couldn’t win those matches, but I tried to only take positives from them and what I can improve. I think that’s what I did; I kept working hard and it all came together well in Monterrey. The final gave me so much.
In the beginning, it wasn’t easy for me to concentrate with all the new things around me. In the end, I put everything together and Elina and I put on a great show." Bouzkova was a runner-up in the event last year where she lost to Veronika Kudermetova.
"I was able to find my picture on the floor of the airport right when I arrived. That felt amazing. I haven’t practiced here yet, but I already feel at home. We have a restaurant that I went to every day last year. We became friends with the owner, and he came to watch my matches last year." A few days ago, the entry list for the event is as follows - However, the same may get updated is more players decide to enter due to the cancelation of the Indian Wells tournament.
Magda Linette (No.36 / POL)
Rebecca Peterson (No.45 / SUE)
Fiona Ferro (No.52 / FRA)
Marie Bouzkova (No.57 / CZE)
Alison Van Uytvanck (No.62 / BEL)
Laura Siegemund (No.64 / ALE)
Jil Teichmann (No.66 / SUI)
Nao Hibino (No.69 / JPN)
Sorana Cirstea (No.74 / ROU)
Kirsten Flipkens (No.75 / BEL)
Arantxa Rus (No.76 / HOL)
Sara Sorribes (No.79 / ESP)
Patricia Maria Tig (No.80 / ROU)
Nina Stojanovic (No.81 / SRB)
Christina Mchale (No.83 / USA)
Yafan Wang (No.84 / CHN)
Viktoria Kuzmova (No.85 / SVK)
Misaki Doi (No.86 / JPN)
Monica Puig (No.87 / DOM)
Danka Kovinic (No.88 / MON)
Ana Bogdan (No.90 / ROU)
Tatjana Maria (No.91 / GER)
Paula Badosa (No.92 / ESP)
Viktorija Golubic (No.119 / SUI)
WC Marcela Zacarías (No.179 / MEX)
Renata Zarazúa WC (No.187 / MEX)
WC Eugenie Bouchard (No.327 / CAN)
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