Eugenie Bouchard was once the darling of Canadian tennis, but she has fallen off the radar somewhat – through no fault of her own – in more recent times. It is remarkable to think that the breakthrough season she enjoyed in 2014 is now eight years ago.
Time flies when you are having fun, but the Montreal native has not been having too much of late. Enforced spells on the sidelines have provided considerably tougher challenges than facing down Serena Williams or Simona Halep.
“I like that Bouchard doesn’t quit.”
“Serena is the greatest ever, always No.1 for me” 🎙@geniebouchard
Nice words exchanged ahead of their #AusOpen R2 clash tomorrow…
📸: #USOpen pic.twitter.com/mjl2v64AWg
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) January 15, 2019
A road back to competitive action has, however, been successfully negotiated and a star which was in danger of fizzling out at one stage is ready to soar once more. Time is on Bouchard’s side and, if a spark can be rekindled, then rivals in a fiercely competitive era for women’s tennis had better watch out.
If momentum can be established then favour will be earned once more among pundits, supporters and tipsters. For now, she still represents a serious roll of the dice for anybody mulling over the benefits of backing her individual endeavours.
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Getting closer 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/kq7mIRShlC
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) August 5, 2022
The expectation should be that it will not take long for Bouchard to prove that she deserves to sit alongside the high rollers, with the former Wimbledon finalist delighted to be indulging in her day job once more. She has said on www.sportsnet.ca: “This is what we do as athletes. The point is not to practice all the time, the point is to play.”
That is a very valid point, with professional sports stars in the business of embracing challenges and pushing themselves to the limit. If there is no competition to be found, then drive and determination can deteriorate quickly.
Bouchard, a two-time Canadian Press female Athlete of the Year, has been able to keep her eyes on the prize when finding herself in a situation where others would have downed tools. She has added on refusing to throw in a towel: “There are so many other great things in life beside tennis, but it’s what I want to do now and for the next few years.”
That will be music to the ears of a loyal fan base that was swept along for the ride when rising as high as No.5 in the world back in 2014. To be unranked at present on www.wtatennis.com, and having sat out all but one Grand Slam event across the last three years, represents a rather humbling fall from grace.
Bouchard has tasted the high life, though, and knows what it takes to scale such heights. With belief coursing through her veins once more, it would take a brave sole to bet against her making a serious bang now that she is very much back.