Genie Bouchard gets her wish by breaking agonising dry spell

She’s back, baby!

Eugenie Bouchard is into her first hardcourt final in five years after beating Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-2 7-6 (7-2) in Guadalajara as she keeps climbing the world rankings after so long in the tennis wilderness.

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The Canadian star won her fourth match on the trot to advance to the decider in Mexico, making the most of her wildcard entry in the main draw by stringing together her best performances of the year.

The 27-year-old — once ranked as high as No. 5 in the world after an appearance at the 2014 Wimbledon final and semi-final showings at the Australian Open and Roland Garros that same year — has the chance to pick up some silverware after qualifying for her eighth career final.

It’s also Bouchard’s first final since finishing as the runner-up at a tournament in Istanbul last year — and just her second final in five long years.

If she manages to win in Guadalajara, it will be her first title since triumphing at Nuremberg all the way back in 2014.

Eugenie is back in business.Source:AFP

Bouchard endured a rough start to 2021, failing to get through qualifying for the Australian Open then losing to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round in Lyon — her first match since trumpeting a new sponsorship deal with apparel company New Balance after being dumped by Nike.

During the pandemic, Bouchard’s ranking dropped as low as 330 as her career fell off a cliff. No longer a guaranteed starter in major WTA events, she’s been forced to earn back ranking points in smaller tournaments away from the bright lights that follow the likes of Naomi Osaka and Co. around.

Despite her fame and fortune, and huge popularity on social media, Bouchard’s desire to conquer the tennis world once again hasn’t waned. And the hard work is paying off — her ranking is set to rise to at least 116 on Monday.

Tennis writer Ben Rothenberg tweeted: “Credit to Genie Bouchard, millionaire star she is, for being willing to grind away far from the limelight all these hard years.”

Tennis podcaster Ben Lewis wrote: “After years of struggles with form, confidence, and injuries, it’s truly a treat to see her play some of her best (tennis) again.”

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