Eugenie Bouchard's US Open progress delights Hong Kong organisers
Delighted with the progress of Eugenie Bouchard and Peng Shuai at the US Open, organisers of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open said on Sunday they will do everything possible to make sure their marquee players will have time to reach Victoria Park in case they make it into the finals in New York.
The Hong Kong tournament begins on September 8, the day after the US Open women's final in New York.
"We are very happy that both Eugenie and Peng are still in contention at the US Open and we wish them all the best and hope they can go all the way. If they do, we will make sure we make arrangements to their first-round matches so as to accommodate a late arrival in Hong Kong," said Kenneth Low, tournament director of the US$250,000 event.
With only three of the top seeds left, No 7 Bouchard is looking a good bet to reach at least the semi-finals, while Peng is also in a rich vein of form.
Their progress is also being watched with a hint of trepidation by local organisers who hope both Bouchard and Peng will finish the last grand slam of the year injury-free.
"The main draw of the Hong Kong Open begins next Monday [September 8], but there will be first-round matches on the Tuesday as well. If both our stars do get to the latter rounds we will schedule their matches on the Tuesday," Low said.