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SUMMER REVIVAL FOR GENIE BOUCHARD?

2015-7-29


WASHINGTON DC, USA - After such a breakthrough 2014, and with the weight of the world on her shoulders - as well as a tour of more than 1,000 players gunning for her - it was always going to be difficult in 2015. But with the defenses of her Grand Slam results behind her, and now recovering from the abdominal injury that hampered her at Wimbledon, is this Eugenie Bouchard's time?

The former World No.5 certainly sounded ready for a summer revival when she spoke with Canadian network Sportsnet at her Mini Rogers Cup event with Milos Raonic in Toronto last Wednesday.

"I'm feeling better, thank you for asking," she said when asked about the abdominal injury.

"I'm recovering and I'm training, so things are on track, and I'm hoping to turn my season around. I'm over this whole down, this whole slow learning process. I want to get back to doing what I do well."

Bouchard's 2014 included back-to-back semifinals at the Australian Open and French Open, which made her the first Canadian ever to reach two Grand Slam semifinals, and she one-upped herself at Wimbledon, becoming the first Canadian ever to reach a Grand Slam final. She got to No.5 in the fall.

Now, all of the pressure and questions about defending those points should be gone.

"In a way I'm going to be happy to put this period behind me," Bouchard said after Wimbledon.

"It has kind of been a stressful time. It will be nice to just move forward from here."

And now, Bouchard will have a lot of opportunities to gain points - she's playing a full summer hardcourt schedule, starting next week at the Citi Open in Washington DC, where she reached the first WTA quarterfinal of her career as an 18-year-old back in 2012, falling to Sloane Stephens.

She'll then head to the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the Connecticut Open in New Haven before heading to the big one - the US Open in New York City.

Bouchard, a Montréal native, is very much looking forward to playing in front of her home fans.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to Toronto," she told Sportsnet. "The fans are great. You feel that extra little bit of support, of course because they want to support their home athletes.

"I hope it'll be a great week - but it'll be some very, very tough tennis."



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