At that stage of her career, the Canadian was one of the most popular tennis players on the planet and many believed the rising star was a future Grand Slam champion in waiting.
Sadly, Bouchard’s career hasn’t quite panned out that way, and the 28-year-old has admitted she is still plagued by the memories of losing at the All-England Club eight years ago.
Bouchard admits she got her ‘bu*t kicked’
Speaking to fellow Canadian Kaitlyn Bristowe, Bouchard opened up on the final in detail –– explaining how she was proud to have made history at the time but devastated to have been thrashed 3-6 0-6 by two-time major winner Petra Kvitova.
“So, basically, no Canadian player had ever reached the finals of any Grand Slams before and so, when I did that at Wimbledon in 2014, I was the first Canadian to ever do that,” she emphasised.
“I made history in a sense. And I was obviously very proud to do that for myself and my country. Unfortunately, I did lose in the final, I got my bu*t kicked. But you live and you learn.”
Bouchard also revealed that she finds watching footage of the final far too painful and has not been able to sit through the whole match yet.
“To this day, I still have not been able to re-watch that match. Because often we try to watch tapes of ourselves, and films, to learn good matches and bad matches and that one was so scarring, I have not been able to watch.”
What’s happened to Bouchard?
After Wimbledon in 2014, Bouchard entered the top five of the rankings –– becoming the first Canadian player ever to do so.
Since then, however, Bouchard has reached just five more finals in eight years, winning none.
Her last final came in March 2021 at the Abierto Zapopan, where she lost in straight sets to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Is a comeback on the cards?
Bouchard is nearing a return to playing, having had shoulder surgery in June last year.
The Canadian is currently ranked 1459th in the world and will have to rely on wildcards if she is to play in any Grand Slams this year.
Yet, Wimbledon rarely forgets those who have excelled at the All-England Club in years gone by, and there is some chance we could see the Canadian play in this year’s competition if she has recovered physically.