Bouchard battles to turn curve

Canadian ace concentrates on positivity

Eugenie Bouchard, who in 2014 was deemed the next big hit on the WTA Tour, is bouncing back to her heady heights of two seasons ago.

The roller-coaster ride that Eastbourne-bound Bouchard, whose solid baseline game is not ideally suited to grass, has experienced appears to be almost over.

Having climbed rapidly to world #5 courtesy of Grand Slam semi-final appearances, it was a disaster last term – including her brief episode at the 2015 Aegon International.

‎The Canadian ace, a former Junior Grand Slam champion, defeated German Angelique Kerber at the Italian Open to register her first triumph over a top 10 player since 2014.

The 22-year-old admitted that her sudden rise and decline has ‎been a learning curve,

“Ups and downs happen to everyone in life, no matter who you are or what you do in life. For me and my career, which is tennis, I have learned a lot.

“I’ve learned more on those down moments than I have when things have been going well. So I”m grateful for those lessons that I learned.

“I”ll become a better player and person because of it. It”s about being positive in those tough moments and having people around you that truly believe in you – not just the people who are there when you win, but the people who are there when you lose and you”re not doing well.

“Those are the people around you want to support you, and I have to continue to believe in myself – I just have got to stay positive.”

Bouchard (right) with former coach Högstedt

She started working with Thomas Högstedt after the 2015 Open, but the writing was on the wall when she brought in former coach Nick Saviano during the Charleston tournament.

Nick Saviano

But she suffered from an abdominal injury at the event and was sidelined from the WTA Tour until recently.

And with her hitting partner, former ATP pro Cyril Saulnier as coach for the foreseeable future, Bouchard is focused on her future and raring to return to her best.


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