Quebec Eugenie Bouchard did not steal the title of Newcomer of the Year 2013 in the WTA. With an increase of more than 100 places in the world rankings, a final and a few victories against the best players in the world, it was natural that honor him back.
WTA preferred the native player Westmount Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and the American Madison Keys.
Bouchard succeeds the British Laura Robson.
“This title represents all the work I’ve done to achieve these results,” said Bouchard during a conference call Thursday.
At 19, Bouchard is seen not only as the future of the Canadian Women’s tennis, but also internationally. Although this is not an absolute guarantee, most players who won the honor in the past have become great champions, even legends.
“It’s very special, told Bouchard. It is an honor to receive this title. I am very happy and proud. ”
In the past, athletes like Tracy Austin (1977), Pam Shriver (1978), Jennifer Capriati (1990), Martin Hingis (1995), Venus and Serena Williams (1997 and 1998) and Kim Clijsters (1999) and Maria Sharapova (2003), among others, have all been named rookie of the year.
Because of this, the Montreal could be given a little more attention from other players or even feel extra pressure. For Bouchard, it is not.
“No, I do not think I will feel more pressure, stressed that which is ultimately the global leader and a Grand Slam title. I do not worry about things I can not control. I can only work hard. ”
Diversify Its Arsenal
Quebecer has made giant strides this year in 2013. According to him, one that will lead to full-time now with that which was his coach when she was younger, American Nick Saviano, wants to add some more ammo to his arsenal.
“This year, I worked on my footwork and the psychological aspect. Now, I would particularly serve stronger, “admitted the player 5 feet and 10 inches.
However, Robson, which is rather close to Bouchard, Saviano has also engaged as a coach. However, there is no question that this creates friction between the two athletes. In fact, the boundary appears to be clearly established.
“Anyone can go train in Florida academy, said Bouchard. But when I’m on the road, it will lead me. ”
On the first day of January, Bouchard pointed to 147th in the hierarchy of women’s tennis. Then, little by little, she has improved her lot with encouraging results and is currently 32nd.
After an unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the Australian Open, she reached the second round of the tournament in Acapulco, crossing first successful qualifying phase. It thus lost to Sara Errani Italian, then eighth in the world.
This was followed by attendance in the quarterfinals of the tournament and Charleston in the semifinals in Strasbourg.
Bouchard has also evolved on the prestigious Centre Court at Wimbledon, where she defeated Ana Ivanovic, former world number one, at the time ranked 12th level. In the words of the Canadian, it is an event that made it grow tremendously.
“It was very special, she has said. I gained much confidence and experience to eventually play matches quarter and semi-finals. ”
Towards the end of 2013, Bouchard played his first final of the WTA in Osaka, Japan, losing to Australian Samantha Stosur.
The table is now set for a promising 2014 season, which will begin in Australia while taking part in the Hopman Cup, a competition by nation, with his compatriot Milos Raonic.