While Canada Day celebrations are over, the country now has another reason to cheer as Eugenie Bouchard set a Canadian record at Wimbledon on Thursday.
A Canadian First with Eugenie Bouchard
When Bouchard took the last point in Wimbleton’s semi-final match against Romanian Simona Halep, Bouchard became the first Canadian woman to head to a Grand-Slam final as a pro singles player. Let the crowd roar! What an unbelievable moment for the female and her home country.
The game lasted one hour and 34 minutes, with the Canadian woman winning 6-2 over Halep. Next up will be the Wimbledon final on Saturday, where Bouchard will play against Petra Kvitova. This event promises to be a must-see as Kvitova won the tournament back in 2011 and could do it again. My vote is for Bouchard though as I am a proud Canadian!
These moments are the ones to celebrate on International Women’s Day and every other day of the year. By celebrating the accomplishments of women around us, we open up the conversation about why gender equality is so important to achieve.
Eugenie Bouchard’s Tennis Career
The 20-year-old tennis player grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where she started playing the sport at age five. She is not new to tennis competitions, having won the Australian Open in 2011 (singles junior category) and then earned the title of Junior Wimbledon champion in 2012.
The 2014 season has been full of successes for her too. She was seeded as 18 at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, before heading off to the Family Circle Cup where she placed in the semifinals. When Bouchard went to the French Open, she made it to the quarterfinals after winning a match against top 10 player Angelique Kerber.
Currently, Eugenie Bouchard is ranked 13 in the pro ranks for singles Canadian women (WTA) and has 3,320 points. The next Canadian woman to place under her is Sharon Fichman in 85th rank with 704 points.
Stay tuned for the weekend when Bouchard takes to the tennis court at Wimbledon. She will play three sets against Halep, and the first woman to win two of the three sets is the winner. If the Canadian female wants a cheering section, I’m sure there will be plenty of people willing to be a part of it!