Eugenie Bouchard has been a fan favorite even since she took the WTA by storm a couple of years ago. Now she’s becoming a regular favorite among oddsmakers as she moves on to the third round at the French Open.
Despite a 90-minute rain delay, Bouchard finished off Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-0, 6-2 in just 58 minutes of playing time on Monday. Now she’ll face Julia Goerges in the third round of the tournament and the Canadian is pegged as an early -335 favorite on Sports Interaction’s tennis odds page.
“I’m confident, but I’m usually always confident and believe in myself, and know whenever I walk on the court I always believe I can win the match,” Bouchard told reporters. “But I’m just trying to take it one week at a time. Last week is last week. I have another tournament this week. That’s all I’m focused on.”
That mindset has a lot to do with her shooting up all the way to No. 16 in the rankings. She is much calmer now than she was not all that long ago and is beginning to develop a killer instinct on the court. Monday’s long rain delay was a good example. A long rain delay is difficult for any player to battle through, but Bouchard came on stronger after the rain finally let up.
“Generally I think I did a good job,” Bouchard told reporters. “Especially with the rain delay it’s always tough to go back out and keep the momentum and things like that. They can often switch in the other person’s direction,” she said. “So I’m happy that I really stayed focused and just a few little things, just always trying to improve everything, but nothing, you know, glaring today.”
This performance also comes on the heels of her first WTA tournament win last weekend. She beat Karolina Pliskova to win the Nuremberg clay court tournament on Saturday and then traveled straight to Paris for the French Open.
“Yeah, it was tough, for sure. I flew right after the final and had one day of practice,” Bouchard told reporters. “But, you know, that’s always a good problem to have. I feel like I’m playing well on the court, so I’m just trying to keep the flow going.”
Now, the 20-year-old knows she belongs on the WTA and not only that, but she expects to win every time she picks up her racquet.