Eugenie Bouchard had gone on a blind date after losing a Super Bowl bet in 2017.
This time last year, Bianca Andreescu was sat at home nursing an injury and coming to terms with a second successive failed attempt at making the US Open main draw.
Russia's Sharapova -- the world's highest-paid female athlete for more than a decade until last year, according to Forbes -- won on Wednesday on her comeback after testing positive for meldonium.
John Goehrke won his dream date with Eugenie Bouchard thanks to the New England Patriots' record-setting rally to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 earlier this month.
Eugenie Bouchard learned the hard way on Sunday never to bet against superstar quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who rallied from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime to claim the NFL crown.
The mosquito-transmitted Zika virus causes severe illness and has been linked to birth defects, a factor causing Eugenie Bouchard the greatest concern
Tipped for the very top when she reached the 2014 Wimbledon final, Eugenie Bouchard endured an alarming loss of form in 2015 and suffered a freak accident at the US Open.
Elina Svitolina eased past China's Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-3, while Eugenie Bouchard then outpaced Naomi Broady in the second semis.
The 42nd-ranked Alize Cornet was too strong and consistent for the misfiring Eugenie Bouchard, winning the summit clash of the Hobart International in just 68 minutes.
Eugenie Bouchard sustained a head injury after slipping in the locker room and was forced to pull out of her fourth-round match at the US Open 2015 with a concussion, which also forced her to withdraw from an event in Wuhan, China later that month.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada has endured a torrid year after dropping to 49th in the world but seems to be overcoming her woes by letting her hair down in a break from pre-season training.
Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard slipped and fell in a locker room during the US Open, forcing her to withdraw from the final Grand Slam tournament of the year.
Bouchard has not played since she slammed her head in a locker-room fall at the US Open, and she lasted just 10 games against Andrea Petkovic before feeling dizzy and having her blood pressure checked.
Eugenie Bouchard has not played since she pulled out of the US Open on September 7 with a head injury caused by a locker-room fall which saw her forfeit her fourth-round match against eventual finalist Roberta Vinci of Italy.
Serena Williams, the world number one, served well in moving within three match victories of a rare calendar Grand Slam with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over US 19th seed Madison Keys.
Canadian golden girl Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the women's and mixed doubles at the US Open on medical advice.
The 20-year-old Aussie, who made infamous comments to rival Stan Wawrinka about his girlfriend being unfaithful during a match last month in Montreal, joined Canadian Bouchard in taking a 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 mixed doubles triumph over New Zealand's Artem Sitak and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.
Still considered one of the sport's rising stars, with magazine spreads and endorsement deals and all the outsize expectations that are unavoidable for a player of her stature, Eugenie Bouchard arrived in Queens merely hoping to reassemble her confidence.