Eugenie Bouchard earns spot in Istanbul Tennis Championship

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard makes a return during her first round singles match against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Chris Symes/Photosport via AP)

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has qualified for the Istanbul Tennis Championship.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat world No. 148 Leonie Kung of Switzerland 6-4, 6-4 in the second and final round of qualifying for the WTA Tour event on Tuesday.

Bouchard, ranked 272nd, will face world No. 133 Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria in the first round of the clay-court event on Wednesday.

A former world No. 5, the 26-year-old Bouchard now has to qualify to get into most events.

The Canadian reached the quarterfinals of the Prague Open last month -- her first and only tournament at the top level since the WTA Tour restarted play after nearly five months off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a doubles first-round match on Tuesday, No. 4 seeds Sharon Fichman of Toronto and partner Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine lost 6-3, 7-6 (4) to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia and Katarina Zavatska of Ukraine.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2020.

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