For the skeptics, they will look at Eugenie Bouchard's run at the French Open as a disappointment as she failed to reach a Grand Slam final for the second time in 2014. For the optimists, however, they will look at Bouchard garnering the most excitement in Canadian women's tennis in 30 years as she advanced to the semi-final in as many Grand Slams so far this calendar year. When the Women's Tennis Association came out with their new-and-improved rankings, they decided to side with the optimists.
To suggest that Eugenie Bouchard has taken Canadian tennis by storm would simply be redundant. In fact, after her runs at the Australian Open in January and the French Open just last week, it could be just as fair to suggest that the 20-year-old is taking the world by storm. That is why on Monday, the WTA moved Bouchard up six seeds in their rankings. Entering the French Open, Bouchard was a career-high No. 18 seed. Now, there's a new career-high for the Canadian as she is officially No. 12 in the world.
No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 2 Li Na remain status quo while French Open-winner Maria Sharapova, who Bouchard lost to in Paris last week, moved up five spots to No. 5.
On the men's side, Canadian Milos Raonic remained status quo at No. 9.
As for Bouchard, her ascension in the rankings is only fitting considering the outstanding showing she has shown so far in 2014. While seeing her fall to Sharapova at Roland Garros was disappointing, it leaves Canadian tennis fans eagerly anxious for next month's Wimbledon.
Entering the All-England Club, Eugenie Bouchard has arguably more momentum that she has ever had in her young career. If the Aussie and French Opens are any indication, we should see the Westmount, Quebec, native make quite a lot of noise next month. But let's not put the cart before the horse just yet.
There really has not been a better time for Canadians to love tennis and while Milos Raonic certainly deserves a large share of credit, Eugenie Bouchard perhaps deserves even more. In fact, she definitely deserves more, twelve-fold.