US Open: Eugenie Bouchard feeling pressure of expectations
After her debut final at Wimbledon, new sensation Eugenie Bouchard admits she is feeling the pressure of expectation heading into the US Open
New York: Eugenie Bouchard admits she is feeling the pressure of expectation heading into the US Open.
The 20-year-old Canadian is the hottest property in women's tennis and has justified the hype by reaching at least the semi-finals at every Grand Slam tournament so far this year.
Last-four appearances at the Australian and French Opens were followed by her debut final at Wimbledon, a remarkable achievement for a player who won the junior title only two years ago.
There was no winners' trophy for Bouchard this time, only a rather chastening thrashing from an inspired Petra Kvitova, but the run lifted her into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time.
Bouchard said: "They have definitely been busier weeks. I took some time off after Wimbledon, which was necessary, and definitely tried to be normal a little bit for a few weeks, which was actually very nice.
"But for sure, just being recognised a lot more, just feeling a lot of eyes on you no matter what you do, and feeling the expectations and pressure when it comes to tennis. But it's a position I want to be in.
I want to be climbing up the ladder like that. I want to be the one that people want to beat and to get to that position.
"I just feel like I'm on my way to the place I want to be. I'm not there yet. Still a lot of work to do."