Eugenie Bouchard, hailing from Westmount, Quebec, has advanced to the clay court Strasbourg International semifinals with a decisive 6-3, 6-2 victory over Anna Tatishvili Thursday in France. Despite a thin field, it’s a big win for the 19-year-old Canadian during her first full year on tour. Bouchard broke Tatishvili twice in each set to advance.
The Strasbourg International is often used as a French Open tune-up for many players, while others concentrate on training or play in the Brussels Open. Bouchard will face either Alize Cornet of France or Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa in the semifinals. Cornet and Scheepers are the last two seeded players in the tournament’s draw.
At any rate, this tournament is turning into a great stepping stone for Bouchard. She has already moved up to 93rd in the world rankings and this is the type of momentum that could propel her into the French Open.
Last year, Bouchard dropped Shahar Peer in the first round but bowed out to Li Na 6-4, 6-4 after that. Still, she made an impression. “I really have to say she was playing unbelievable today,” Li told reporters back then. “She’s young and just won Wimbledon juniors this year. I won the match today because I’ve been on the tour for a long time and have more experience on the court.”
Bouchard wasn’t satisfied with the result, though she did understand it was a good experience in her development. “It’s disappointing I didn’t go another round, but I’ve learned a lot from this week and want to keep playing players of this level,” Bouchard said. “It’s how I’ll move forward.”