WTA Tour

Bouchard pulls out of Wuhan Open

2015-09-28 10:06
Eugenie Bouchard (AFP)

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 month.

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.

Read more on:    eugenie bouchard  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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.