Tennis - Bouchard named WTA's newcomer of the year

November 20, 2013 4:00 PM

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Tennis - Bouchard named WTA's newcomer of the year

Canadian rising tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has been named the WTA's newcomer of the year.

The 19-year-old won the Wimbledon juniors in 2012 and started the season ranked 144 in the world.

However, she now finds herself ranked number 32 after a superb season when she reached the quarter-finals or better in five events.

Bouchard reached the last eight at the Premier-level events in Charleston and Tokyo but her best run came in Osaka where he reached the final. She also made the last four in Strasbourg and Quebec.

Bouchard enjoyed top 10 victories over Sam Stosur and Jelena Jankovic during the season and also beat Ana Ivanovic at Wimbledon.

Last week she spoke about her rise up the rankings on Canadian television: "I put enough pressure on myself, and that's really the only kind of pressure I want to focus on," she said in quotes picked up on by the WTA website.

"I can't really control other players' results and my ranking so much, so I just want to focus on improving and playing the best I can in every tournament.

"If there's pressure, that's great - I love playing in big moments, and in pressure moments."

Bouchard is the highest ranked teenager in the world in either the men's or women's game.


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