Bouchard re­turns to Fed­er­a­tion Cup team

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

Eu­ge­nie Bouchard of West­mount, Que., is back with Canada’s Fed­er­a­tion Cup squad even though the 2014 Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist has hit a rough patch in her ca­reer. Bouchard, whose WTA rank­ing has tum­bled to No. 117, is to play this week when Canada faces Ukraine in a World Group II play­off, a must-win se­ries to avoid be­ing rel­e­gated to the Amer­i­can Zone next year. Ukraine’s top player, fourthranked Elina Svi­tolina, is not ex­pected to play in the best-of­five in­door se­ries Satur­day and Sun­day. In Jan­uary, Bouchard, once ranked No. 5 in the world, dropped out of the top-100 for the first time since April 2013. Bouchard re­mains Canada’s topranked woman. Her team­mates this week in­clude Fran­coise Abanda of Mon­treal (127th), Bianca An­dreescu of Thorn­hill, Ont. (197th) and Gabriela Dabrowski of Ot­tawa, who is ranked 10th in dou­bles.

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