Eugenie Bouchard may not have reached her first Grand Slam final on Thursday, but she is now more motivated than ever to achieve that dream after her loss to Sharapova.
The Canadian won the opening set, and while she held a break advantage in the early stages of the second set, she would ultimately allow Sharapova back into the match and would drop the set. Sharapova, known best for her trademark resiliency, ambushed the 20-year-old early in the third set and stormed to a 4-1 lead before closing out the match 6-2 to reach the final.
While the Canadian is disappointed with how the match concluded, she is now more motivated than ever to achieve her goals in the near future.
“I’m always disappointed with a loss,” Bouchard said. “I expect a lot from myself. You know, I felt like I was close today and just came up a bit short. That happens sometimes. I feel like I played a lot of good matches the past two weeks, three weeks even, and so it’s sad to see it come to an end.
“But it just motivates me … I was still so close. That just gives me extra motivation to work hard in practice and get ready for the next one and have that belief that I can do it.”
Sharapova will meet Simona Halep in the French Open final. The 2011 champion leads the series 3-0, including a three set victory in Madrid last month.