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Bouchard Headlines Hong Kong Field

This September, the WTA will return to Hong Kong for the first time in 20 years, with Eugenie Bouchard headlining the field.

Published July 04, 2014 12:12

Bouchard Headlines Hong Kong Field
Derek Yung, Peter Johnston, Tony Wilkey, Anthony Shaw, William Ko, Michael Cheng, Jonathon McKinley

HONG KONG, China - Eugenie Bouchard has been announced as the headline act at this September's inaugural Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.

The International event brings the WTA back to Hong Kong for the first time since 1993 and will also be graced by recent French Open doubles champions Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai.

Bouchard also enjoyed a successful French Open, making the semifinals, and she has gone one better at Wimbledon, where on Saturday she will take on Petra Kvitova in her first Grand Slam final.

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.

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