One of the most prominent names in women's tennis, this summer signed for Auckland's ASB Classic.
Tournament director Karl Budge opened the full course for the tournament that started on the New Year's Eve and was hosted by 24-year-old Canadian Eugenie (Genie) Bouchard.
When Budge previously announced the return of Grand Slam champion Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams, and Victoria Azarenka, the addition of former world number five Wimbledon finalist Bouchard was the greatest speaker in today's field.
"Genie is putting the icing on the cake this year, which will be an amazing woman space. It's three numbers in the old world, three big slam champions, our defending champion and now one of the biggest names in the sport." the great "Tournament Director Karl Budge said.
"As we've never seen before, he'll give us an opening round. We'll have to divide Caroline, Goerges, Venus, Vika and Genie in two sessions. I'm not sure he has star power in a session. It's so early".
After winning the Junior Wimbledon in 2012, he became an old world champion starring in Auckland as an 18-year-old joker in 2013, and the Australian Open and Roland before losing to Petra Kvitova unilaterally in the following year. He reached the Grand Slam semi-finals at Garros. Wimbledon finale.
However, in this groundbreaking season Bouchard 's stocks fell, and for the first time since 2013, it rose to the top 100 in January. He returned to his current 88 position and finished second in the main draw directly. Budge, who had given her a wild card, still has to think about a couple needing to decide to play tennis one year after Kiwi Marina Erakovic is injured on the back.
In 2016, Bouchard attracted worldwide attention with the 21-0 leading Atlanta Falcons in New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Pat I knew Atlanta was going to win this B. But John Goehrke, a student at the University of Missouri, tried his luck by asking Bouchard if he would go on an appointment with Patriots? They did, and Bouchard kept his word for going into the Brooklyn Nets NBA game and sharing it for a few days.
In spite of the tough struggles the court had taken, Bouchard stepped back in the second half of the season and showed that the defending champion of ASB Classic, Julia Goerges, lost to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Luxembourg last month. .
; I'm really excited to go back to Auckland. I came here when I was very young and I remembered that the water was so beautiful. I want to see a little more this time, but I also want to focus on my tennis. In the last two tournaments I felt really strong and it was nice to reach the semi-finals again at the highest level. I know how the first ten players will be and I will be my target again in 2019 İlk.
In addition to Bouchard, many of the familiar faces come back.
Wozniacki is the third and the Australian Open champion will be the best seed to chase his first title in Auckland this year, losing two finals including Goerges. He finished fourth in the German year and will be in third place in WTA rankings with Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh. Croatia's Petra Martic (32), with another regular visitor to Auckland in the fourth seed, was in Czech Republic Barbora Strycova 5 & # 39; th and 33rd.
Venus Williams returned for the 5th time after losing last year's tournament. At 38, there will be sixth seed in the rankings. A Belgian couple completes the old Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Van Uytvanck seeds.
The old world number one Victoria Azarenka will be a dangerous buoy in the draw. On the 51st row and just outside the seeds, Belarus is on its way back after unraveling the long-standing custody struggle with his ex-son Leo.
Other features of the draw were the comeback of the 2016 Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, while the American Madison Brengle was ranked 89th in the last direct admission and he toppled Serena Williams on a single visit in 2016.
Auckland International, winner of Auckland's international award against the WTA Premier, is the four-time prize money of Shenzhen International in China, which has doubled this award and has won international competition for the ASB Classic. quality area. In the first week of the season, the Hopman Cup team's event in Perth brought out eight of the world's leading players.