Eugenie Bouchard has experienced a breakthrough year in 2013 as the Canadian skyrocketed up the ranking to end her year as the No. 1 female teenager on the tour. Bouchard soared from no. 144 to No. 32 in a season that culmnated with her being crowned ‘WTA newcomer of the year’ and even earned an upset victory against former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic on Centre Court in the second round of the Wimbledon Championships.
“It was really special. I was very calm surprisingly. Centre Court at Wimbledon is the biggest stage in tennis,” she told a Canadian TV station.”It’s what I’ve trained since I was five-years-old to do. So for me it was such a special moment.
But I’ve had an amazing year playing. I’ve played everywhere.”
Bouchard will team up with fellow Canadian no. 1 Milos Raonic as Canada take to Perth Arena to compete at the Hopman Cup for the first time in a decade. The 19-year-old is excited about the chance to experience the Hopman cup and has not allowed the pressure to get the better of her ahead of the tournament.
“There’s outward pressure all the time, and I put enough pressure on myself and that’s really the only kind of pressure I want to focus on. I can’t really control other players’ results and my ranking so much. I really just want to focus on improving and playing the best I can in every tournament. If there’s pressure that’s great, you know. I love playing in big moments and pressure moments.”
Bouchard will take on Australia’s Sam Stosur when the Canadians face the host nation on Saturday, December 28.