New WTA star Eugenie Bouchard isn’t worried about her post-Wimbledon summer slump. The Canadian who made the Wimbledon finals and the semifinals at both the Australian and the French Opens, clearly has the winning mentality at just 20 years of age.
“I think I have the self-confidence I was born with,” Bouchard said today. “I have always been confident in everything I do. I have always been kind of a perfectionist to try to do as well as I could. Whether it was a math test or a board game with my family, I always just wanted to win and be the best. That translated on to the tennis court as well.”
And she’s not surprised of her rocket rise up the ranks.
“I wouldn’t say surprised,” Bouchard said. “Definitely proud of how I have come such a long way in a short time. But, you know, I have dreamed out of this path that I’m on, and so in my head it’s kind of a step in the journey. It’s something I have envisioned already of what I’m doing.”
Bouchard is playing just her second US Open and already the stakes are high, but she doesn’t mind the pressure and her poor run coming into New York.
“I don’t think there is a magic recipe of what you can do before a slam to guarantee a win because you can never guarantee the result,” Bouchard said of her early losses in Montreal, Cincinnati and New Haven. “It’s unfortunate. I would have liked to play more matches, for sure. I would have liked to have just more time on the court, but I haven’t been able to do that. Just a little bit unfortunate, but I’m feeling better this week. I’m spending a lot of time on the court, so I’m looking forward to playing my first match.”
Bouchard will open play Tuesday against Olga Govortsova.
“Played her two years ago, but that’s so long in tennis years it’s almost irrelevant,” she said. “I’m going to just try to go for it and try to play my best tennis and, you know, keep a positive attitude.”
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