The future is now for Canadian tennis and Montreal native Eugenie Bouchard looks like she’ll be a big part of that. The 19-year-old has been named the WTA’s Breakthrough Player of the Year after earning more than $400,000 in prize money during the 2013 season.
Bouchard made it to the quarterfinals in five different tournaments and is ranked No. 31 in the world. Now she thinks she’s ready to take the next step and challenge some of tennis’ best on a regular basis.
“In the past year, I improved my mental toughness on court and my footwork, so now I want to work on things that will complement that, like more power on my shots, more consistency,” Bouchard told the Globe and Mail. “I want to be able to stay with the top girls.”
That’s what makes this teenager so impressive. Instead of spending wildly after a big year financially, she bought herself a designer handbag and that was about it. She is disciplined and already has plans to continue training during the offseason in Florida, just like she’s done since she was 12 years old.
“I don’t want to stay at No. 32, I know I can still be a lot better,” Bouchard told the Globe. “Yes, I had a breakout year, but I expect a lot out of myself, so I didn’t surprise myself. I’ve been playing since I was 5, and that’s a lot of time on the court and in the gym, so I’ve always known this would happen.”
Bouchard had huge moments in 2013 like a win over Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon as well as other top-15 wins over Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stevens.
Bouchard will begin next season at +15,000 to win the 2014 Australian Open.