Genie Bouchard, 10-year WTA vet

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A fortuitous technicality allowed Canadian Genie Bouchard to get a wild card into the China Open this week.

Generally, players are only allowed to accept three wild cards per year. Otherwise, they forfeit the ranking points.

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But one exception is for “players who have competed in WTA tournaments for 10 years or more.”

At 23, you wouldn’t think Bouchard would qualify.

But … from 2008-10, aged 14-16, she received a wild card into the Rogers Cup qualifying each year. And lost her first-round matches.

But those three matches were enough to count as three years’ service.

Genius!

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