Bouchard Reaches Semi-Final Of Australian Open

Over the holidays, Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard was named the winner of the Bobbi Rosenfeld Award as the country’s top female athlete.  At the time, I must admit that I had never heard of her before. I probably wasn’t alone in that regard. To begin with, tennis is not exactly a high profile sport in Canada. As well, the 19-year-old Montrealer had literally risen from the depths of the international tennis rankings to reach #31 with a string of impressive performances in WTA tournaments.

As a junior player, Bouchard enjoyed a fair bit of success, including a singles win at Wimbledon in 2012 (pictured). And her star has continued to rise at the adult level.

Competing in the Australian Open on Monday, Bouchard upset former #1 ranked Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in a quarter-final match. With the victory, Bouchard became only the second Canadian to advance to a Grand Slam semi-final (Carling Bassett is the other, in 1984 she reached the U.S. Open semi-final).

Next up for Bouchard is a match against two-time Australian Open finalist La Ni of China. Considering that this is Bouchard’s first Australian Open she’s likely exceeded expectations. And Li will undoubtedly be a tough test. But with her strong performance so far in the tournament Bouchard has definitely become a big story in the world of tennis.

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3 thoughts on “Bouchard Reaches Semi-Final Of Australian Open”

  1. An amazing accomplishment by this talented and hard-working athlete. But, after her win, a crackerjack reporter asked Bouchard the (insert sarcastic tone here) same hard-hitting question we’ve heard asked of every male athlete on the planet — “And, who would you date?” WHAT?!?!?!?! HOLY HELL! Kill me now! Can’t remember this being asked of Sidney Crosby, Gretzky, Steve Nash, any number of male athletes no matter what their sport. So, why ask a young woman athlete that kind of question???

  2. I wonder what would happen if a journalist asked Sidney Crosby who his favourite porn star is.

  3. Journalist Gordon Sinclair once asked swimmer Elaine Tanner, on “Front Page Challenge”, on nationwide television, what she did to keep swimming during “certain times of the month”.

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