The global suspension of pro tennis has left players on the sidelines. This includes 21-year-old Marie Bouzkova, who hadn't won a WTA match all season but reached the final in Monterrey the week before Indian Wells. The Czech defeated Jo Konta in the semis and she lost against the No. 5-ranked Elina Svitolina in three hours in the final.
"I think my game has gotten more and more confident after every match. I was able to defend a lot of balls and as well be aggressive,” Bouzkova told the WTA. "I feel much better going to the center court. I feel very confident on the court. I get used to them. I got used to the center court. That's something that really helped my game that I could go for my shots but defend well, and just pick the right times to be aggressive.”
The run allowed her to break into the Top 50 and reach a career-high ranking.
But Bouzkova has not played a tour match since. She went to Indian wells, which was canceled and then to the WTA $125K in Guadalajara which was also eventually not played. The Miami Open along with several other events shortly followed suit.
Bouzkova enjoys playing in the United States, where she's had to get used to a slightly different version of her name being used -- and the same on social media.
"Since I started coming to the States when I was 10, everyone would call me Mary, so I've still kept that nickname. Personally, I prefer Marie, but because I know so many people call me Mary, I’ll stick with the hashtag as well,” Bouzkova said. “I’m trying to keep it simple for them."
But she had to leave before hitting a ball in competition and like the other players, isn't sure when she can return to court. There are now six Top 50 Czechs , including Bouzkova, who is ranked No. 47. She started this year ranked No. 60. Karolina Pliskova is the highest with a No. 3 ranking on the WTA tour.