Eugenie Bouchard is the WTA’s brightest rising star.
The Canadian teenage sensation enjoyed a fantastic 2013, rising from 144 in the world to a year-end ranking of 32. To cap a breakthrough season, she also picked up the WTA award for Newcomer of the Year and in 2014, her rapid ascent to the summit has shown no signs of slowing down.
Bouchard has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, becoming the first Canadian to do so in a Grand Slam since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992. What’s more, she has progressed this far with relative ease, only dropping a single set in the process.
This minor blip occurred in the fourth round, where having lost the first set, she quickly reeled off the next two with the loss of only two games. She faces Ana Ivanovic for a place in the semi-final.
Despite Ivanovic beating world number one Serena Williams in the previous round, Bouchard can be hopeful of her chances as the pair’s last encounter ended in a straight sets win for the Canadian at Wimbledon last year.
The prospect of a semi-final appearance for the 19-year-old is quite staggering considering her previous best showing at a Grand Slam had been a run to the third-round at Wimbledon in 2013.
With her ranking always climbing and her confidence increasing, there is no reason why she cannot hit the high spots, and one day achieve a Grand Slam title.
Despite her youth, she is consistently showing signs of being a great player: her shot selection, her aggression and her temperament to name a few.
She stated in a recent TV interview with ESPN that rising to the world's top 20 is her primary aim and considering her showing in Melbourne, there is no reason why she cannot realise this ambition sometime in the near future.
Furthermore, in that same interview, she said that she was merely taking it 'one match at a time', which shows she’s not getting carried away by her early success.
At only 19, the Canadian has her whole career ahead of her, with greater achievements entirely possible. Today’s Melbourne sensation is surely a star of the future.
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