2016 French Open

Bouchard fashions ace return to Paris

Charismatic Canadian back to her best

Eugenie Bouchard put behind her last year’s French Open 1st Round exit with a formidable victory over German Laura Siegemund.

The charismatic Canadian was on top of her game by breezing past the world #37 to secure a 6-2 6-2 success.


Victory for Genie

For Bouchard, who stormed to the Roland Garros semi-final stage two years ago, it appears that she could go a long way on the red clay in Paris.

Her sudden upturn in fortune appears to be the fact that she is reunited with long-time coaching guru Nick Saviano and has employed Cyril Saulnier as coach.

She was on top of every ball producing a pretty flawless performance, and showed no signs of her niggling wrist injury.

And she appeared to be without a physical trainer, having recently ended her association with South African Steve Kotze.

Bouchard was in cruise control to pound the luckless Siegemund, which was in stark contrast to her initial practise with Australian ace Daria Gavrilova on Thursday when the Canadian looked out of sorts.

But indoor practise, due to wet weather, seems to have fine-tuned her attacking game and the match was no real contest for the pair who are signed up for next month’s Aegon International.

The advantage that the 22-year-old had was her simplistic yet effective serving motion that put her in firm control. Having soared to the 2014 Wimbledon final, the blonde bombshell was seen as the next biggest hit, but last term struggled on the circuit.


Bouchard played with ease and confidence despite feeling “a lot of pressure”

She admitted she has battled an eating disorder that caused weight loss, which caused her problems on the WTA Tour last term.

Following 1st Round reversals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2015, she completed the agony with a freak fall in the showers at the US Open – and as a result only played one more match until the start of the 2016 campaign.

“I felt a lot of pressure and kind of this expectation if you win a match it’s normal and if you lose it’s a disaster.”

“Before matches I was very nervous and definitely had trouble eating, I just felt like it would come right back up.

“It’s a difficulty I went through and not just before matches, it happened to me at other meals as well.”

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