The enigma that is Eugenie Bouchard

The Canadian player - who recently defeated Maria Sharapova in Madrid - still seem unable to find consistency

by Sanket Shah
The enigma that is Eugenie Bouchard

In the lush green lawns of Wimbledon, a 20-year-old Candian is making a run. She has already reached the semi-finals of the Australian open and the French open that year and she goes one step better at the all England tennis club.

In the process, she becomes the first female player since Dinara Safina in 2009 to have made the semifinals of all the first three grand slams in a calendar year. She goes down fighting to Petra Kvitova but is touted as the next big thing on the women's tour.

The world's biggest companies pursue this girl from Canada for endorsements, who in addition to being a future tennis star, has a jaw line which immediately makes her the poster girl of the game. The media loves her, Canadians adulate her and fans across the tennis world are cherishing the rise of a star.

At the end of 2014, everything is looking for great for Eugenie Bouchard and most tennis pundits announce 2015 as the breakthrough year for her. She is also announced the most improved player of the year by the WTA. Come 2015, everything that can possibly go wrong for Bouchard has its way.

After a run to the quarterfinals at the Australian open, Bouchard loses her way. She loses to qualifiers in premier tournaments. Add to it, at an event before the Fed Cup, she refuses to shake hands with her Romanian counterpart, Alexandra Dulgheru.

Bouchard goes on to lose the rubber with Dulgheru and also receives severe flak from fans and media across the world for her un-sportsman like gesture.She also loses in the opening round of Wimbledon the same year against a qualifier again and is again criticized by fans for not showing enough hunger and intent to win.

2016 comes out to be no different for the Canadian. After losing in the second round to Radwanska in Melbourne, Bouchard changes her support staff and gets her old coach, Nick Saviano back in hopes of some redemption before the clay court season.

However, she loses in the second round of Roland Garros and is unable to find the old spark for the remainder of the season. 2017 has also been the same for her and her losing pattern to qualifiers and players seeded lower has continued.

Bouchard was recently in the news for all the wrong reasons once again. On being asked about her opinion on the return of Maria Sharapova after serving a ban due to doping, she termed her as a "cheater", a word seldom used by one athlete for another.

Her second round match with Sharapova in Madrid, gathered a lot of noise due to the lost love between both of them and Bouchard rose to the occasion and managed to beat the Russian in three hard fought sets, defeating Sharapova for the first time in her career.

Her fans would hope that this victory serves as the push that the Canadian requires to reignite that flame which helped her go deep in all the premier tournaments of 2014. You can term Bouchard as someone who is straight on the face or mildly arrogant.

She can also be known as someone who has a lot of potential and a future champion, but one thing is for sure, she has been unable to do enough justice to the talent and firepower she possesses. A rising Genie Bouchard at the top of her game can give the likes of Kerber or Williams a run for their money on her day, and the tennis world would be unlucky if they are not able to witness that in the coming years.

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