Eugenie Bouchard, Canada’s first Grand Slam
singles finalist, may be a relative newcomer to tennis’s big-time but
when it comes to talking impressively the 20 year-old from Quebec simply
Bouchard must overcome 2011 champion Petra
Kvitova to become the next Wimbledon champion and hit a peak in a year
of consistency that previously saw her reach the semi-finals of both the
Australian and French Opens.
Undeniably nerves took a hold as Bouchard
struggled to finish her semi-final against third seeded Simona Halep but
after six match points she finally completed a 7-6, 6-2 victory.
Nevertheless just minutes after her win, she was back emphasizing her
“It’s not like a surprise to me — I expect good
results like this,” insisted Bouchard who two years ago became the
Wimbledon junior champion. “True, I have had a great start to the season
but I expect myself to be even better than that.
“So for me, I was like, ‘OK good. It’s a step in
the right direction.’ I get to play in the final and I still have
another match so it’s not a full celebration yet.”
Certainly Bouchard’s joy at her win over Halep,
injured in the fourth game after a clumsy fall saw her turn an ankle,
was subdued. However she insisted: “I am really excited. It is my first
Grand Slam final and I will just go for it."
In contrast Kvitova was emotional after her win
over fellow Czech Lucie Safarova and claimed: “I don’t have words to
describe my feeling right now. It was a tough match mentally, as well,
because Lucie is a good friend of mine. We know each other very well off
the court and on the court, as well.”
However she warned Bouchard: “I know how it
feels when you hold the trophy so I really want to win my second title
here and I will do everything I can.”
Carling Bassett-Seguso, for the time being the
only Canadian woman ever to figure in the WTA top ten, doesn’t just
believe Bouchard (currently world no.13) will emulate her feat.
Bassett-Seguso believes the Grand Slam event final debutante will go on
to one day become world no.1.
“I’m telling you she’s going to do it,” said
Bassett-Seguso, who was world no.8 nearly 30 years ago. “I watched her
play. I don’t watch too much women’s tennis to be honest with you. I
watched that match and I was just blown away.
“She just takes the ball so aggressively. Her
composure, I can’t even believe she’s 20. Her shot selection, her timing
is impeccable. She really takes the ball early. If you look at her
statistics, she hits more winners than errors.”