Bouchard hopes to wrap up business in Wimbledon final

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is not quite fully satisfied after reaching the Wimbledon final, with the 20-year-old who will crack the top 10 taking aim at going one step further when she faces 2011 winner Petra Kvitova on Saturday.

Staff Reporter
5 July 2014, 2:17pm
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada on the way to victory at Wimbledon. She plays Petra Kvitova in the women's singles final on Saturday. Photo by EPA/SANG TAN/POOL
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada on the way to victory at Wimbledon. She plays Petra Kvitova in the women's singles final on Saturday. Photo by EPA/SANG TAN/POOL
Bouchard would become the first Canadian woman to lift a trophy at a major as the next generation starts to knock on the door in the sport.

The optimistic and confident Bouchard, an identical twin, makes no secret of her wish to claim the top honour at the All England club where she won junior Wimbledon just two years ago.

"I'm happy to get to my first Grand Slam final. It's very exciting.  It's what I've worked so long for. I'm just proud of myself for today's effort," she said, after beating French Open finalist Simona Halep of Romania in straight sets.

"It's not like a surprise to me, I expect good results like this.  It's a step in the right direction. I get to play in the final. I still have another match, so it's not a full celebration yet."

Bouchard has become the hottest topic in the women's game after reaching her first grand slam semi-final last January in Australia and duplicating that showing in Paris a month ago.

Her Wimbledon run has been flawless, reaching the final without the loss of a set.

But the job is not quite over for the admittedly driven young woman.

"I'm going to stay focused and enjoy it (success) after (the final).

"I didn't set a specific goal of reaching a certain round of this tournament, but I've been feeling good these whole two weeks.             "After doing well in the past few slams, I've been believing since the beginning of the tournament that I can do really well. I'm just trying to take it one match at a time. It's really important not to get ahead of ourselves.             "I totally feel like I belong, and I'm just so excited for the next match."

Bouchard played her only match against Czech Kvitova last summer in Toronto, taking a loss. But that was a tennis lifetime ago for the 13th seed.

"I think it will be my toughest match yet. I'm looking forward to the challenge," she said of the final, which could be played under a closed Centre Court roof due to a forecast of possible rain.

"I know she obviously likes the grass and has some good weapons, so I will be ready for those. I'll try to impose my own weapons and game against her.  "I think we'll both be going at it, which will make for a very good match."

While the tall blonde gets the inevitable comparisons to Maria Sharapova, the Wimbledon winner a decade ago at age 17, Bouchard shrugs off the compliments.

"I'm also I'm my own person. I don't want to be the next someone else. I want to be the first of me.

"I want to be my own individual person. That's what I do. I'll try to make my own history."

Kvitova has done little of note since her Wimbledon title three years ago, posting a pair of grand slam semis while winning three minor WTA titles since (three last season) while dealing with asthma and injury.

"I think these three years were really up and down. But I stayed in the top 10, I was practising very hard and everything. But it's never easy," she said.

"There were a lot of positive things I got, but definitely when I won here in 2011 I needed to change a little bit on the court and off the court, as well, to be used to the pressure, media, and everything like that."

The Czech said she was pleased to be back contending for a second Wimbledon trophy.

"I'm back in the final and I'm feeling well. I feel definitely ready for a final. I'm going to try my best.

"When I played Bouchard last year in Toronto, she was just coming up.  I find her a very solid and talented player.

"She really seems that she is confident in her game right now. She's moving very well. She's playing aggressively from near the baseline. I think she's very confident."