Heading into this week’s Rogers Cup, one of the favourites was Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. The 19-year-old indicated how great an opportunity it is to play in her home country and if there was any pressure doing so, it certainly didn’t show in her opening-round matchup.
Bouchard opened her quest against Alisa Kleybanov and made short work of the Russian, downing her in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
With the win, Bouchard moves onto round number two slated for Wednesday evening where she will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic who won this event in Montreal in 2012.
If there is one aspect that will derail Bouchard’s quest, at least temporarily, it will be the weather as Toronto is expected to get thunder showers later in the day. Fortunately, the weather is expected to be beautiful for the remainder of the tournament. So, if we can get through today, the rest of the Rogers Cup should be a picnic weather-wise.
In her post-match press conference, Bouchard was reminded that, like this year, Kleybanov was her first-round opponent at last year’s Rogers Cup in Montreal. Bouchard was asked to touch on what she expected heading into this year’s matchup with the Russian.
“Obviously Alisa is a great player,” said Bouchard. “She has been very good. I’m sure she will get back to being really good. So I wasn’t too sure what to be prepared for, but I felt like I was ready for anything.” Despite opening her first-round matchup feeling a bit nervous, the Westmount, Quebec native was able to settle down admitting that she was “broken a few times” but “decided to go for it and started to play aggressive,” which ultimately led to her domination over Kleybanov.
Now, Bouchard is faced with the unenviable task of facing the defending Rogers Cup champ in Petra Kvitova. Good-humoured, Bouchard stated, “Time to take the defending champ down.” However, when she steps on the court on Wednesday evening, the Canadian’s attitude will be anything but a humourous one.
Nevertheless, Bouchard certainly knows what she’s up against but is hoping to continue using the home crowd to her advantage, “I’m just really excited I will play at home on centre court in front of the crowd. It’s always so fun for me. I’m going to try my best and see what happens.”
We will see what happens as the 19-year-old hopes to keep the Canadian fans intrigued right until the end.