Eugenie Bouchard has admitted that she lost her sense of some of the most basic things in tennis during her 18-month layoff through injury. The 28-year-old Bouchard played his last tournament of the 2021 season in March of that year before undergoing shoulder surgery in June of that year.
In August 2022, Bouchard returned to action at a WTA 125 event in Vancouver after being out for a year and a half. In the first round in Vancouver, Bouchard suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Arianne Hartono, world number 237. “My first, first game, I felt the ball coming at me very fast.
I was playing a girl ranked 200 and obviously no disrespect but I literally thought I was playing Serena. Her ball was coming so fast at me that I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ And that is what is lost the most, that speed and speed of reaction.
That’s why I tried to play so many tournaments in a row because I thought, I just need matches right now,» Bouchard told the WTA Tour website.
Bouchard’s shoulder is now in a good place
After beginning his 2022 season in August, Bouchard played nine tournaments before the season ended.
Bouchard didn’t really enjoy much success in those nine tournaments but the most important thing to her was that her shoulder didn’t cause her any pain or discomfort. “I played three months in a row from August to November, and I didn’t have any problems with my shoulder.
After playing a lot, you sometimes get a little tense, but it’s very normal and expected. I am looking forward to having a full schedule for 2023,” added Bouchard. Meanwhile, Bouchard kicked off his 2023 season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
After winning her first round qualifying match in Auckland, Bouchard suffered severe food poisoning and was forced to withdraw from her last round qualifying match. Now, Bouchard is trying to earn a spot in the Australian Open main draw through the qualifying event.