Eugenie Bouchard shares touching message to Serena Williams

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Eugenie Bouchard shares touching message to Serena Williams

2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard is grateful to Serena Williams for always being nice to her and for showing her "how to fight on and off the court." On Friday, 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams played the final match of her career.

Following Williams' US Open exit, Bouchard took to Twitter to pay a tribute to the American. "I’m so grateful I got to be on the same court as you. Even though I lost every time. You showed me what it means to fight, on and off the court.

Ever since we met, you’ve always been so nice to me. Thank you, @serenawilliams," Bouchard wrote on Twitter.

Borna Coric, who won his first Masters title in Cincinnati last month, also paid a tribute to Williams. "Dear @serenawilliams you are truly one of the greatest our sport has ever had.

Impact you made on kids around the world (including myself) is limitless. Thank you for that. Knowing you, I can say that your greatness expands off the court as well. I am happy to call you my friend," Coric wrote on Twitter.

Bouchard clashed Williams three times on the main level

On the main level, Bouchard and Williams clashed three times, with the American winning each of their three meetings.

Bouchard did once beat Williams, but it came at the Hopman Cup. At 2013 Cincinnati, Bouchard and Williams clashed for the first time. Back then, Williams defeated a 19-year-old Bouchard 4-6 6-2 6-2. Earlier this year, Bouchard recalled meeting Williams for the first time.

"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. "I was like, 'Wow.'

" The last meeting between Bouchard and Williams happened in 2019. At the 2019 Australian Open, Williams ousted Bouchard 6-2 6-2.