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Bouchard Oozes Confidence Before Wimbledon Finals






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 oozes confidence.

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 self-belief.

“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.”

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