Eugenie Bouchard took a terrible defeat last Sunday, having lost the final of the Guadalajara Open despite the prediction was all on her side. The Canadian hasn’t won a WTA title since 2014 and the last few years have been a real ordeal for her in terms of her results.
Genie had made herself known to the general public seven years ago, when she was able to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and the last act at Wimbledon (where she had not been able to do anything in front of a wild Petra Kvitova).
The following season, which for many should have been that of her definitive consecration, instead turned into the beginning of a decline as surprising as it was inexorable. The pinnacle of her negative moment probably occurred at the 2015 US Open, when a slip in the locker room caused a concussion and sparked endless controversy.
The 27-years-old did not in fact take to the field for the rest of 2015, with inevitable repercussions on her ranking. Bouchard has never really recovered, returning to give some timid signs of awakening only in the last few months.
After the two-set defeat at the hands of Sara Sorribes Tormo in Mexico, Eugenie revealed how she is trying to draw inspiration from Rafael Nadal to return to the top of the sport.
Bouchard: “Rafael Nadal is still trying to improve”
“If Rafael Nadal, at his age and after everything he has won, is still trying to improve, then it means that I have a long way to go,” she declared at the press conference. Despite having always remained close to the very first positions, even the 20-time Grand Slam champion had to manage some difficult moments, especially due to injuries.
She added: “I feel that the work done in the last year is close to producing the fruits of him. I just have to give myself more chance to prove it. The more tournaments I play, the more confidence I gain. Then it is hoped that the titles will also arrive,” added Bouchard, able to reach a best ranking of number 5 WTA in his (so far) only season at very high levels.