Genie Bouchard was one of the hottest prospects in tennis.
The Canadian won the Wimbledon (juniors) back in 2012 after dismissing Elina Svitolina in the final 6-2 6-2. The following year (2013) she started to register good runs in Charleston where she reached the quarters coming straight from the qualifications, Strasburg and Quebec City where Genie got to the semifinals, and Osaka where she was the runner-up.
In 2014, when Bouchard was just 19, she reached the semifinal at the Australian Open, she won her maiden (and only) title in Nurnberg, she got to the semifinal at the French Open and the finals in Wimbledon and Wuhan before reaching a world no.5 career high.
From that moment, things went south for Genie. Everything started in Singapore where the Canadian registered the worst performance in tennis history in the WTA Finals after she collected 11 games in 3 matches.
In 2015, after losing to Sharapova in the quarters in Melbourne, except for Indian Wells (4th round), she looked unable to win a single contest to crash out in her opening matches almost every single week.
To add insult to injury, Genie lost her face when she refused a handshake before facing Irina Begu in a Fed Cup tie (and she lost that match…). Finally, Bouchard managed to reach the 4th round at the US Open, but she fell in the locker room to suffer from a nasty concussion and retire before facing Roberta Vinci. From that moment things went from bad to worse.
Bouchard was too focussed in marketing herself and she “went Hollywood” a bit too much. With the exception of a couple of minor finals in Hobart and Kuala Lumpur, Genie’s 2016 was quite miserable.
In the following year, the Canadian ended her 2017 with a depressing 11-20 win-loss record that made her close to crash out from the top200!
Genie started to record more wins in 2018 when she had a great run in Luxembourg after she lost in the semifinal starting straight from the qualifications.
Bouchard started decently well her 2019 season after she reached the quarters in Auckland, but then misery did strike again with early exits in Doha, Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami and that was probably too much.
Why Bouchard may retire from tennis
After her disappointing Sunshine Double, Genie canceled her participation in Monterrey and Bogota,’ and there are rumors that she will also miss Madrid and Rome and no injury has been reported. Therefore, there are (legit) speculations that she will take a big break from tennis or she will call it a career to focus on her other activity: being a model.
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Later Genie Bouchard branded these rumours as fake news and therefore she won’t take any prolonged time off.