Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard is back on court after a period of eight months on the sidelines. The Canadian was recently spotted training after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Bouchard underwent shoulder surgery in June 2021 after tearing her subscapularis during her first-round match at the Guadalajara Open. She last played a professional match at the Monterrey Open in March.
The Canadian recently posted a reel on her Instagram handle in which she could be seen practicing. After hitting the first ball at her practice session, she fell to the ground in joy.
"The first ball I hit in 8 months!!! The day has finally arrived! I can’t believe it," Bouchard captioned her Instagram reel.
A recap of Eugenie Bouchard's 2021 season
Eugenie Bouchard didn't enjoy a great start to her 2021 season. Her poor WTA ranking meant she began the 2021 Australian Open as a qualifier and lost to Chinese player Yuan Yue in the second qualifying round.
But Bouchard's form soon improved. Although she lost in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open in singles, she finished runner-up in doubles along with partner Olga Danilovic .
The Canadian then played excellent tennis at the 2021 Guadalajara Open but fell at the final hurdle to Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Following this, Bouchard played at the 2021 Monterrey Open where she suffered a first-round defeat to Zhu Lin. This proved to be her last match of the season.
After being sidelined for about eight months now, Eugenie Bouchard will be hoping to make a comeback in 2022. Currently ranked No. 251 in the WTA rankings, it will be intriguing to see if she can recapture the form that saw her become the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final in 2014.
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