Canada has seen success with the likes of Carling Bassett, Helen Kelesi and Patricia Hy-Boulais, and rightfully so. But never has the women's tennis scene been stronger in Canada than with Eugenie Bouchard, and on Sunday, the scene only got better.
With a trip to the 2015 Fed Cup on the line, Canada, led by Bouchard, took on Slovakia, and, to the surprise of very few, the Montreal native emerged victorious.
Entering the weekend ranked No. 18 in the WTA singles rankings, Genie Bouchard took on Jana Cepelova and defeated her, 7-6(6), 6-3 in front of a raucus home crowd at Laval University.
"I wasn't happy with my level of play in both of my matches, but I am proud that I managed to win them both," Bouchard told reporters following her win. "It was a difficult adjustment for me to switch to hard courts from clay, but sure both victories feel great.
"It feels great to know that we've made history here. I played a lot of matches for Canada in the Fed Cup, and I won most of them, so I am proud that I kind of lead this team to the World Group."
While they clinched their victory on Sunday, it was on Saturday when the Canadian women set the tone against the ladies from Slovakia.
Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., opened up with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 over the aforementioned Cepelova while the 20-year-old Bouchard followed that up with 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-1 victory over 137th-ranked Kristina Kucova.
With the win, Canada will have to wait until June 4 to see who their next opponents will be. As of right now, the Canuck ladies know they are now among the best eight teams in the world heading into next year's World Group.
Bouchard and Wozniak (No. 157), however, will not be alone. Joining them will be the duo of Toronto's Sharon Fichman (No. 89) and Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski (No. 199).
While Fichman and Dabrowski did lose their match on Sunday, they did beat Slovakia earlier in a tiebreak which advanced them to the Worlds.
"It's a huge accomplishment in my opinion," team captain Sylvain Bruneau told reporters. "We've never been there. It all started with last year's win over Columbia, then we beat Ukraine, a team that was ranked well ahead of us, then Serbia, and now Slovakia."
To suggest that Canadian women's tennis has improved over the last few years would be a massive understatement. With Eugenie Bouchard leading the way, Canada has never looked better on the women's tennis stage than it does now. But this is far from the end as Bouchard and company, in addition to the countless fans across the country, anticipate wonderful things in the future both short- and long-term.
Like they haven't had enough to celebrate already.