MELBOURNE – It was a short practice for Genie Bouchard.
For less than an hour on a court behind the site, the 22-year-old worked out a few kinks in advance of her third-round match against American Coco Vandeweghe.
As well, the previous day after her match warmup for the second-rounder against Shuai Peng, she did the same thing.
Hopefully there’s nothing afoot…
Bouchard and Vandeweghe have only met once before, which is a bit surprising. Bouchard won 6-3, 6-2 at Indian Wells in 2015, a tournament where the Canadian (still ranked No. 7 in the world) posted a couple of solid wins in her second tournament with then-coach Sam Sumyk, before the ab drama during a third-round loss to Lesia Tsurenko.
Here’s what she had to say.
The match will be first on Rod Laver Arena Friday at 11 a.m. (that’s 7 p.m. Thursday night in Montreal, 4 p.m. on the west coast, so everyone will be up without facing sleep deprivation).