Bouchard Headlines Hong Kong Field
Published July 04, 2014 12:12
This run is the latest highlight of a year that had already brought the Canadian a semifinal appearance at the Australian Open, a maiden WTA title and a Top 20 debut.
Bouchard, who is now guaranteed to break into the Top 10, is a boon to both the tournament and tennis in the region.
"It is a big coup getting her," Hong Kong Tennis Association President Herbert Chow Siu-Lung said. "Eugenie embodies the type of player we hope our juniors can emulate, having successfully made the transition from junior tennis to the top level.
"She was a world junior No.2 in 2011, but while some top juniors fade away, she has made the progression to senior tennis and is a success story which I hope our youngsters can learn from."
The Hong Kong Tennis Open joins an ever-expanding list of Asian events on the WTA calendar that already includes stop-offs in cities such as Beijing, Wuhan and Tokyo.