Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard has experienced growing pains since taking the WTA Tour by storm last year but the clay courts at the Family Circle Cup could provide the world number seven with a timely boost.

Bouchard enjoyed a breakout year in 2014 after reaching the Wimbledon final as well as the semi-finals of the Australian and French Open.

Away from the grand slams, Bouchard claimed her maiden WTA Tour title by taking out the Nurnberger Versicherungscup in May, while she also reached the Wuhan Open final, with a semi-final appearance at the Family Circle Cup also on the youngster's CV.

The 21-year-old, however, has found it tough reaching those lofty heights this time around after swift exits in Indian Wells and Miami.

After winning through to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, Bouchard was eliminated in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open before crashing out in the second round of the Miami Open last week.

But a return to the Charleston clay courts could be the tonic for a successful campaign at the WTA Premier event.

Bouchard's run at the event last year was cut short by Andrea Petkovic, who went on to lift the trophy via a straight-sets win over Jana Cepelova.

And the German - seeded third in 2015 - makes her way back to the scene of her most "important victory".

"I still believe that to this day [that Family Circle Cup title is her most important win]," Petkovic said. "I've won three more titles since then, but that was the most important in my whole career, maybe even more important than my first title.

"Charleston just brought all the life back into me. After all my injuries, I was struggling to find myself, even more mentally than physically. I was so filled with doubt that I was standing in my own way, and Charleston gave me the power to break through those walls of doubt.

"I felt like a totally transformed player after that title. It wasn't just winning the title, but how I played. I was moving real well on the court and trusting myself and my abilities. It was definitely a turnaround in my career."

Russian Ekaterina Makarova (two), clay-court specialist Sara Errani of Italy (four), German Angelique Kerber (five), Serb and 2007 winner Jelena Jankovic (six), American Madison Keys (seven) and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia make up the top-eight seeds, who have been granted a bye into the second round.

Samantha Stosur - the 2010 champion - is seeded ninth in Charleston.