Eugenie Bouchard Bags Her First Major Win Pickleball, Secures Straight-Set Win Over 6th Seed

Eugenie Bouchard, although has not been active on a tennis court, has been making headlines for her exploits in pickleball. The Canadian has not participated in a WTA tennis match yet this year, and she has discovered a different way to satisfy her need for competition. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist began competing professionally in pickleball this year.
Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard (Photo: X/@geniebouchard)

Eugenie Bouchard, although has not been active on a tennis court, has been making headlines for her exploits in pickleball. The Canadian has not participated in a WTA tennis match yet this year, and she has discovered a different way to satisfy her need for competition.
The 2014 Wimbledon finalist began competing professionally in pickleball this year, and on Thursday, she achieved the greatest victory of her early career in the game. In the round of 16 of the Fanatics Sportsbook NC Cup, held in North Carolina, by the Carvana Professional Pickleball Tour, Bouchard, seeded 18th, defeated Lauren Stratman, seeded 6th, 11-5, 7-11, 11-0.
Earlier this week, Bouchard won her first pickleball match in mixed doubles at her fourth competition. Bouchard has not given up tennis, although her ranking has declined recently due to an array of injuries. She did, however, contribute to Canada's victory in the Billie Jean King Cup in November.
In North America, pickleball has been increasingly popular in recent years, and courts are now appearing everywhere. Earlier this year, Bouchard told ESPN that she received "a great offer that I really couldn't refuse" from the pickleball circuit.
"I have zero expectations at this point," Bouchard told ESPN earlier in the year. "I want to get my bearings. I want to just not embarrass myself, maybe that's a good goal, and just get the hang of things, on court and off. I want to have fun, try my best and really just not be too hard on myself."
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