Eugenie Bouchard eager for her next tennis transition

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Eugenie Bouchard is ready for her first full year on the pro circuit in 2013.

By Melissa Boyd

Dec. 3, 2012 — Eugenie Bouchard has been on the Canadian tennis radar for almost as long as she has been swinging a racquet. Labeled early on as the potential ‘next one’ to follow in the footsteps of Carling Bassett-Seguso, Helen Kelesi, and Aleksandra Wozniak, Bouchard has begun carving her own path to greatness thanks to a breakout season in 2012.

The 18-year-old native of Montreal made history in July when she was crowned girls’ singles and doubles champion at Wimbledon, becoming the first Canadian ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. Bouchard actually won 19 consecutive matches this summer with her Wimbledon triumph sandwiched between titles at the ITF junior event in Roehampton and the $25,000 pro Challenger in Granby.

“Winning Wimbledon was a really tough tourney. It was a junior (event). I had the pressure all week. People expected me to win because I was playing women younger than me. So it was a big mental test and I was really proud that I was able to come through,” said Bouchard in an interview last week with a select group of reporters.

Many in attendance on Court 1 at SW19 were impressed with Bouchard’s poise and maturity in posting a convincing win over Elina Svitolina in the Wimbledon girls’ singles final on one of the biggest stages in tennis. She put her mental toughness on display at the Rogers Cup in Montreal when she out-toughed Shahar Peer, one of the best competitors in the women’s game, to earn her first Top 50 victory.

Perhaps the most impressive stretch of Bouchard’s year came during the Fall indoor season when she put her aggressive style of play on full display, reaching the final at the Saguneay Challenger and the following week winning her first $50,000 Challenger in Toronto. Bouchard suffocated her opponents with her offense-first mentality, losing just a handful of games en route to the title in Toronto and dominating Melanie Oudin in the Saguenay semifinals. The run secured her place in the Australian Open qualifying draw which will be her first Grand Slam as a pro.

“I had great coaches when I was young and they taught me to take the ball on the rise. I think that’s it really important in the women’s game,” said Bouchard. “Of course you want to hit fast, but you want to hit it early as well … Hitting it fast takes time away from your opponent.”

With 2012 now in her rear view mirror and the tennis world at her fingertips, Bouchard is ready to make the transition to becoming a full-time WTA pro in 2013. She is fully aware of the challenges awaiting her if she wants to prove that her 2012 campaign was no fluke.

“The top players in the world have a little something extra,” said Bouchard. “They don’t make mistakes and they don’t give you any free points, you have to earn them.”

Even though her career is just getting started, Bouchard is already turning heads off the court as much as she is impressing on it. Their obvious physical likeness and similar game styles have people drawing comparisons between the Canadian and her idol Maria Sharapova. Not to mention that Bouchard was recently chosen by Sharapova to wear her line of Nike tennis clothing. She is the whole package and her bubbly personality is a hit with fans. Even though it’s early, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement surrounding Bouchard and she knows that the onus is now on her to deliver on those expectations and send a message that the future is now.

“There is pressure from everyone around me, but I already put a lot of pressure on myself,” said Bouchard. “It’s nice to know that people think I am going to be good because that’s what I believe too, but I have to focus on what I have to do to become that player.”

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  • Jacques Bouchard says:

    Being related to Genie (grand uncle) I have to admit that I am not very objective if I may say so but, some things are pointing out. Banque Nationale is very involved with tennis in Quebec sponsering tournaments. Montreal National Training Center at Jarry Park among other things, have all set the table for juniors to attain a higher level of competitive skills. At 12 y.o. Genie told her parents she wanted to play as a professionnal in the world of tennis. I suspect she has not looked back since. Her determination is so obvious when she is in a tight situation. I’ve seen her come back from 2-5 sets playing agressively and serving down aces as if she was 5-2 instead. Her mother told me last summer, she can focus like a laser when she decides to.
    Her junior’s career is over now but she can be proud of what she as accomplished during her passage. Of course what lays ahead with the seniors is demanding and nerve racking business, but she has demonstrated such patience and maturity to get her there, that I am confident that with proper technical support and cheers from her fans, she will bring us thrills and make us proud to be Canadians.
    I cannot wait to see her play against her idol Maria Sharapova. It will be a great moment for her and also for me.

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  • Hi Jacques!

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt comments. You must be really proud of the young woman and player she has become. She is one of the most pleasant and well-mannered young players out there, and that graciousness combined with her drive will make her an unstoppable force in the future. I had a chance to meet and interview her last summer in Washington, D.C. and she was a true joy to both converse with and watch on court. Appreciate so much your input and for your readership!

    Best,
    Romi Cvitkovic
    Managing Editor, Tennis Grandstand

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