By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 5, 2014
It always seemed that Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard was destined to become a world famous professional tennis player. After her breakout performance in 2013, the 20-year-old is well on her way to taking the tennis world by storm. Check out interesting facts about Bouchard, which are accompanied by hot photos of the gorgeous tennis star.
Bouchard is off to a red-hot start in 2014 as she became the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in 22 years by doing so at the 2014 Australian Open. In the same tournament, she became the second Canadian to ever reach a semifinal in a Grand Slam. Her success allowed her to be ranked No. 18 in the world.
In 2012, Bouchard reached the semifinals of the junior Australian Open for the second year in a row. She also recorded her first professional doubles title. Her biggest achievement that year was taking first place at the Wimbledon Championships junior event. The win allowed her to become the first Canadian ever to win a Grand Slam in singles as an amateur or professional.
In 2009, she won the Pan American ITF Championship. She also recorded her first professional main draw match.
Bouchard was born and raised in Quebec, Canada. She has a fraternal twin sister, Beatrice, who was born six minutes before Genie.
She began playing tennis at five years old. In order to work hard to become a stellar player, she became a member of Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre in Montreal, the city she was born in.
When Bouchard was only 12 years old, she moved to Florida in order to train with Nick Saviano, who remains her coach to this day. At 15 years old, she returned to Canada to continue more training.
In 2008, she won the ITF singles and doubles titles in Costa Rica, as well as, the All Canadian ITF singles title in Burlington. One year later, she became one of the youngest winners of the Canadian under-18 indoor championship.
Her first professional title came two years later at the ITF Burnie Invitational. She continued to have plenty of success in 2011, including another singles win and her first professional doubles finals appearance.
Later that year, she reached the first WTA quarterfinal of her career, upset former world No. 11 Shahar Pe’er in the first round of the Rogers Cup, and won her first ,000 ITF final of her career.
She finished the 2012 season by breaking into the top 150 in which she was ranked No. 144 in the world.
Everything Bouchard had achieved was great, but it was in 2013 when she really got the ball rolling. It only took her a few months to break into the top 100 for the first time in her career. After that, she reached her first WTA semi-final, and she won her first main draw match at a Grand Slam at the French Open.
Her defeat of world No. 12 Ana Ivanovic in the third round at Wimbledon propelled her up the world rankings. She also was a doubles finalist at the 2013 Citi Open.
Towards the end of the 2013 season, she appeared in her first WTA singles final of her career. By doing so, she became the first Canadian to reach a WTA singles final in two years.
Bouchard’s amazing accomplishments in 2013 is the reason she was awarded the WTA Newcomer of the Year. She was the first Canadian to win the award since 1983. She also ended the season ranked No. 32 in the world.
All in all, Bouchard has a singles career record of 142-79, including six ITF titles. She also has a doubles career record of 38-39, including one ITF title.
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