Tennis

Eugenie Bouchard forced out of Citi Open due to injury

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the Citi Open on Friday due to an abdominal injury.

Canadian was to use event as tune-up for Rogers Cup

Eugenie Bouchard, right, has withdrawn from the Citi Open for the second year in a row. (Pavel Golovkin/The Associated Press)

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the Citi Open on Friday due to an abdominal injury.

It's the second straight year that Bouchard has withdrawn from the event.

The 21-year-old from Westmount, Que., has been dealing with the injury for the last several weeks.

"I am very disappointed to have to pull out of the Citi Open in Washington, DC," Bouchard said. "I have been working hard to return from an abdominal injury, unfortunately I am not ready to compete."

The Citi Open, which officially begins on Monday, was meant to be a tune-up event for Bouchard, who is set to compete in the Rogers Cup in Toronto from Aug. 8-16.

Ranked No. 26, Bouchard has struggled this season, including losses in five of her last seven events.

Bouchard was the talk of the tennis world in 2014 after reaching the semifinals at the first three Grand Slam events, including a trip to the Wimbledon final.

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