Eugenie Bouchard News: Jimmy Connors Out; Ex-Maria Sharapova Coach Thomas Hogstedt In [VIDEO]
The curious story of Eugenie Bouchard's search took another strange turn this week. And it has nothing to do with Jimmy Connors
The struggling Canadian tennis player has turned to recycled coach Thomas Hogstedt as a short-term experiment, Yahoo Sports Canada reports.
Bouchard reached as high as No. 5 in the world in 2014 after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and the finals of the French Open.
She surprisingly split with longtime coach Nick Saviano at the end of the year. After reaching the quarterfinals of the 2015 Australian Open, Bouchard hired former Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka coach Sam Sumyk.
Bouchard went on to lose 12 of her next 14 matches with Sumyk.
The two parted ways over the summer, and Bouchard consulted with Connors prior to the U.S. Open and won three straight matches for the first time since January. She was forced to retire before her fourth-round match against eventual U.S. Open runner-up and Serena Williams conqueror Roberta Vinci because of a concussion she suffered when she fell in a dark locker room between the third and fourth rounds.
According to Yahoo, Bouchard agreed to a trial run with Hogstedt, who coached Maria Sharapova for 2 ½ years before they split. Ironically, Sharapova then hired Connors but abruptly stopped one month into the partnership after a first-round tennis match loss.
Hogstedt also has coached Li Na and Caroline Wozniacki. He also guided men's player Tommy Haas, helping Haas reach No. 2 in the world.
He also coached Sloane Stephens, who dropped him and hired Saviano.
Eugenie Bouchard is entered in the China Open and was scheduled to play Andrea Petkovic in the first round.
Hogstedt and Bouchard had talked about a possible working relationship prior to the U.S. Open, Yahoo Sports reported, but Bouchard's camp had reservations.