Eugenie Bouchard – The Hype is Warranted

Eugenie Bouchard continues to grow in stature, reaching her second consecutive Grand Slam semi-final by derating Carla Suarez Navarro.

Bouchard is now a bonafide star on the WTA tour. The Canadian really impressed me yesterday in her victory over Suarez Navarro. Her mental toughness was on show in the final set. Up 4-1, having won 10 of the last 13 games it seemed Carla Suarez Navarro was destined to win. Bouchard was becoming too hesitant and as a result actually started to hit more errors.

After the change of ends at 4-1, Bouchard came out swinging, winning 3 straight games, she would hold to love before breaking to love followed by another easy hold. After CSN held to take a 5-4 lead, the pressure was on Genie to serve to stay in the match, there were no signs of nerves, Genie easily holding for 5-5. When serving for the match at 6-5 Genie double faulted on her first match point, that didn't seem to faze her as she came up with two big points to seal the deal.

What was most impressive was that Bouchard went for her shots no matter what the scoreline was. Bouchard has an amazing game: strong backhand, strong forehand, solid serve, capable at the net... Bouchard will now face Maria Sharapova for a spot in the final, what an exciting match that promises to be..

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