Fifth-seeded Bouchard opens in Montreal against Rogers

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8/5/2014 10:57:24 AM
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Eugenie Bouchard will make her tournament debut in Montreal tonight when she takes on qualifier Shelby Rogers at the Rogers Cup.

Bouchard, a native of nearby Westmount, QC, will be playing her first match since losing her first career Grand Slam final last month.

Despite being defeated in straight sets by Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon final, the 20-year-old is looking forward to taking what she learned from loss into a new tournament.

"I was disappointed to lose in the final," Bouchard said Sunday. "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. I'm really excited to finish the year strong. We'll see what happens."

Bouchard, the tournament's fifth seed and ranked eighth in the world, had a bye to the tournament's second round.

Rogers won two qualifying matches to enter the tournament's main draw before defeating Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6 on Monday.

The Wimbledon finalist has been the most consistent player in women's tennis this year, and is only the only woman to have reached the semifinal round at each of the year's first three major tournaments.

She entered the year ranked 32nd in the world and rose to seventh after Wimbledon before falling back one spot from taking a month off. Bouchard will now set her sights on reclaiming her seventh spot, and moving further up the rankings.

"After making the top 20, in the back of my head, I'm saying 'let's get to top 10,' " Bouchard said. "Now, the next step is top 5.

"It's about slowly building. I don't want to worry too much about specific ranking goals, but it's motivating to see your number improve. I just want to be a better tennis player by the end of the year. I'm working hard and I think I can achieve that."

Bouchard will have a tough road to winning the Montreal tournament. She is in the same quarter of the draw as top-ranked Serena Williams and the same half of the draw as Maria Sharapova, who defeated her in the French Open semifinal.

Eugenie Bouchard (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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