Eugenie Bouchard recalls first meeting versus Serena Williams

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Eugenie Bouchard recalls first meeting versus Serena Williams

Eugenie Bouchard, 28, admitted she was a bit star-struck when she met Serena Williams for the first time and she feared she would lose without winning a single game. Bouchard and Williams met for the first time at the 2013 Cincinnati Masters.

Back then, Williams was the world No. 1, while Bouchard was a promising teenager. "I mean, to be honest, for sure. The first time, especially when I played her, I looked across the net and I felt like I was looking at my TV screen because I'm so used to seeing her on TV," Bouchard said on the Pardon My Take podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

"I was like, "Wow." I mean, it's an amazing feeling to be able to get to that place and achieve that to be able to play against her. And so it's just kind of one of those like out-of-your-body experiences, because you're just so used to seeing her on TV and now she's actually in front of you waiting for you to serve.

I wasn't even thinking about winning at that point, I was like, 'I just want to do a good enough serve that like, she's OK to return,' you know what I mean?"

Bouchard made a good start but Williams won

Bouchard feared she would lose without a won game but she ended up taking a set off Williams.

Williams lost the first set to Bouchard but dominated the next as she won 4-6 6-2 6-2. "Well, you know, the first time I ever played Serena, I do remember calling my mom before and just saying, like, "I'm so scared I'm about to lose 6-0, 6-0."

And then I went out there and I won the first set, and then I lost. That was another match," Bouchard explained. When asked about the post-match handshake, Bouchard said: "Oh, great. She's gracious. Yeah, but handshakes are a big thing in tennis."