Eugenie Bouchard will have her hometown crown behind her when she opens up Canadian Open play Tuesday against Shelby Rogers and oddsmakers aren’t discounting that advantage.
Bouchard was listed as a -515 favorite Tuesday morning, but moved all the way up to -535 by early that afternoon. The Montreal native is set to take the court at 6 p.m. ET today and the Genie Army hype machine is in full swing, too.
“I think Genie is a great player,” Serena Williams told a Rogers Cup news conference. “I think she for sure is the future face of tennis.”
Bouchard heads into Tuesday’s match as the tournament’s No. 5 seed and coming off a trek that took her all the way to the Wimbledon final before losing to Petra Kvitova in straight sets. It was a run that should help the 2o-year-old down the road.
“I was disappointed to lose in the final,” Bouchard told reporters while enjoying her Rogers Cup first-round bye. “I expect a lot from myself and I felt I could have done better, but it was a huge learning experience in the end. After a couple of days I was able to reflect. I felt I played a good two weeks and I was proud of that, for sure, but coming so close to achieving a dream just motivated me more.”
And now, in Montreal she has a lot more motivation. Bouchard grew up in Westmount, just outside of downtown Montreal and tournament executives expect as many as 40,000 fans looking to connect with the new WTA sensation.
“I’m trying to prepare myself like I usually do, to keep the same routine,” Bouchard told reporters. “Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to time management. I need to know when to say ‘no.’”