It was a year of great play and great future promise for Canada’s 19-year old rising tennis star, Eugenie Bouchard. She reached her first WTA level final in both singles, at the HP Open in Osaka, and doubles (with Taylor Townsend), at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. Although she lost both of those matches, I think it’s a vision of even better results to come for Genie. She had a number of impressive wins this year, including against Samantha Stosur, Sloane Stephens, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and a pair of fellow rising stars, Monica Puig and Laura Robson. She’s risen to #32 in the world, which is important as she will not have to play so many qualifiers just to get into events. Genie went through quite a few qualifying rounds in 2013. That can wear you out physically and mentally over time.
She takes time in the following video to talk about how things are going for her on the Canadian show, The Social. She also gives one of the hosts an impromptu tennis lesson on how to serve before letting the host try to return some of her serves. She also talks, among other things, about what it was like to beat Ivanovic on Centre Court at Wimbledon and her relationship with her tennis idol, Maria Sharapova, over the years.