Eugenie Bouchard was the top name of this week’s Diamond Games and the tournament was big for her in two major ways: because it was her first Premier-level event where she was seed No.1 and because it was her first tournament with new coach Sam Sumyk, former coach of Victoria Azarenka.
The tournament had been going on for days and we waited for so long for Genie to finally take the court, and now a stunner has happened — the biggest star of the even lost her opener! The 20-year-old fell to Mona Barthel 4-6 6-1 6-2. But the surprise didn’t end there.
Vika apparently hasn’t been keen on her coach’s decision to leave her for Genie and right after Genie’s upset the Belarusian tweeted:
Drama alert! 😀
As one commenter said: “Either this is EPIC, or the timing is really, really wrong!”
Here’s what Bouchard said about the origin of her partnership with Sumyk on her arrival in Antwerp:
My fitness trainer, Scott, has been friends with Sam for a while now. They’ve both been on tour for a while. After the Australian Open was done, Scott found out that Sam wasn’t going to be working with Vika anymore, and he suggested we meet. The rest is history.“
UPDATE: Vika later tried to calm down the situation, but judging by the comments on Twitter it seems that the community is not really believing her explanation.