Eugenie Bouchard has now set her sight for bigger things in the future after three straight appearances in Grand Slam semis. This early in her career, many pundits are already predicting a Genie-dominated scenery in the coming year.
Bouchard reached career high no.7 in the world after starting the year as the no.32 player in the world. The Canadian's darling awesome performance at the Australian, French and then Wimbledon Open catapulted her into the top-10, but being ranked in an elite circle won't stop her from dreaming bigger.
"My goal is not to (just) be seventh in the world. I have big dreams," said Bouchard in an interview with Montreal Gazette.
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Simona Halep are just few of the names Bouchard needed to outclass for her to accomplish such ambitious plan. But it's just hard to downplay a young player with tremendous talent and confidence to take on great odds.
Back in January at the Australian Open, eventual women's single champion Li Na did not hesitate to laud Bouchard's competitiveness and greatness in store for her in the future after her 6-2, 6-4 semifinal win over the Canadian.
"I think maybe she will be the best player in the world. But today I'm so lucky," Li jested in front of Bouchard's avid supporters known as Genie Army.
Former world's no.1 and Grand Slam winner Ana Ivanovic also noticed something fascinating about Bouchard's unique approach in the game, which separates her from majority of tennis players in the tour.
"Eugenie is a very aggressive player. It's sometimes very hard to read her game. There are no patterns, like with other players. She's a great mover," Ivanovic told the press at the Australian Open.
Coming off just her first Grand Slam finals appearance at Wimbledon, Genie is facing enormous pressure to perform better in her next tournaments. Her goal of becoming a top-ranked player and a Grand Slam winner is certainly within her reach, but she should also need to understand that Williams,Sharapova, Li, Halep and other rising stars will be there to put her rise on hold.
At 20-year old, Bouchard has plenty of time to develop into a more polished player. When Sharapova and Williams bid their goodbyes, the future of women's tennis is clearly hers to lose.
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