Wuhan - Canada's Eugenie Bouchard withdrew
from the WTA Wuhan Open on Monday just hours before her first-round match,
citing symptoms linked to the concussion suffered at the US Open earlier this
The 21 year-old has not played since she
pulled out of the US Open on September 7 with a head injury caused by a
locker-room fall which saw her forfeit her fourth-round match against eventual
finalist Roberta Vinci of Italy.
"I travelled to Wuhan with the
intention of playing. Unfortunately, my concussion symptoms came back during
practice on Saturday and it would not be safe for me to go on court
today," Bouchard said in a statement.
Bouchard was due to meet 18-year-old
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round. Bencic now faces lucky loser
Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.
Bouchard slipped and fell in the locker
room after a gruelling fifth day of the US Open that saw her defeat Slovakia's
Dominika Cibulkova in three sets before going onto win a mixed doubles match
with partner Nick Kyrgios of Australia.
It was not clear if Bouchard intends to
compete in next week's China Open in Beijing.
"I will rest in Wuhan for the next few
days to determine how I progress, and look forward to coming back here to play
in this great city next year," Bouchard said.
Bouchard lost the final at the inaugural
Wuhan Open last year to Petra Kvitova. The tournament is hosted in the home
city of Li Na, the country's only Grand Slam winner.