Following a very good 62, 62 win over Laura Siegemund of Germany in the first round at the French Open today, Genie Bouchard spoke more about how she was having trouble eating last summer due to expectations of winning that had been placed upon her.
“I felt a lot of pressure and kind of this expectation if you win a match it’s normal and if you lose it’s a disaster,” said Bouchard. “Before matches I was very nervous and definitely had trouble eating. I just felt like it would come right back up.
“It’s a difficulty I went through. And not just before matches, it happened to me at other meals as well.”
Bouchard had stormed onto the scene two years ago reaching the Australian and the French Open semifinals before the Wimbledon finals. And then had all those points to defend last summer.
“I was just so stressed I was burning calories even more than I normally would, so it was hard to kind of intake enough to keep my weight up or even gain weight, which was the goal, to become stronger,” she said.
“I feel like I learned from it. I know now that even if I feel sick I have to force food down my throat.
“Yeah, I feel like I’ve come out stronger and able to deal with a problem if it ever comes back to me again.”
Bouchard has since rejoined with former coach Nick Saviano. And despite an ongoing lawsuit with the USTA, she seems to be back on the rise.
The 27th-ranked now faces Timea Bacsinszky in a battle of former French Open semifinals.
“I’m excited. I want a rematch from Indian Wells,” Bouchard said. “I know she plays great, especially on this surface, I think. But I’m going to go for it.
“I know with my game that I can definitely come out on top, but as usual it’s always one point at a time.”
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