WTA Tour

Bouchard maintains winning run

2015-01-08 10:15
Eugenie Bouchard (AFP)

Perth - Oblivious to a row brewing over her withdrawal from last year's Hong Kong Open, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard continued her impressive run at the Hopman Cup with a straight sets victory over Italian Flavia Pennetta on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Bouchard, who thrashed American world number one Serena Williams in the mixed team event on Tuesday, beat Pennetta 6-3 6-4 without being broken in the match in Perth.

"Each game was kind of like a battle and I'm happy I was able to keep my serve in the second set, you know she was really putting pressure on me," Bouchard said after defeating the world number 12.

The Canadian world number six was, however, unaware that her last minute withdrawal from last September's inaugural Hong Kong Open, which drew the ire of the organisers, remained a hot topic on Thursday.

The Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA) publicly criticised Bouchard, who said she was tired after playing at the US Open, for which they have been fined $10 000.

The WTA cited a breach of code of conduct by the HKTA and said the comments had hurt Bouchard's reputation and financial interests, according to a South China Morning Post report.

HKTA president Herbert Chow Siu-lung called the WTA sanction as "injustice" and said the association would appeal against it.

"I see this as an act of bullying and intimidation and I ask that this (HKTA) council responds responsibly to such injustice from the WTA," Chow was quoted as saying in the report.

"I am disappointed the WTA has taken this small-minded action to punish a new event on the WTA calendar, which was operated so successfully.

"I am baffled the WTA has ignored the efforts of the Hong Kong Tennis Open and just focused on protecting and spoiling one player.

"The conduct clause they cited was meant to protect all three stakeholders: the tournament, WTA and players. The HKTA will definitely make an appeal over this fine and will also seek an apology from the WTA."

Read more on:    hopman cup  |  eugenie bouchard  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.