Canadian darling Eugenie Bouchard has had a fantastic start to her 2014 season. The 19 year old enjoyed a fantastic run at the Australian Open, where she reached her first ever Grand Slam semi-final before losing to eventual champion Li Na. While she did not win the title, her efforts lifted her to No. 19 in the rankings – her debut in the WTA Top 20.
The young Canadian prefers to consider her recent rise to stardom as motivation rather than pressure, as she ravishes any opportunity to prove herself in a competitive setting.
“Like Billie Jean King said pressure is a privilege. So to be 19th, I want to be much better than that. I see it as motivation,” said Bouchard. “I’d rather be higher ranked with more pressure than lower ranked with no pressure. This is what I worked for. I don’t really focus on it anyway because I put enough pressure on myself.”
While many consider Bouchard to be the future face of women’s tennis, the world No. 19 is adamant that she will only focus on her tennis in order to improve her game and further her chances at potentially capturing a Grand Slam title.
“My priority is tennis and I focus on that and if there’s any other attention off the court, that’s a good thing,” said Bouchard.
Bouchard will represent Canada in the Fed Cup tie against Serbia between February 8-9.