Even though she failed to reach the pinnacle at the French Open, it’s only a matter of time before Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard climbs to the summit of the tennis world.
Bouchard took Maria Sharapova to the limit in their semi-final match at Roland Garros yesterday.
But it was the experienced Russian who ended the Canadian’s dream of winning it all, taking the match 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Bouchard was trying to be the first Canadian to reach a major singles final in the Open era, after getting close at the Australian Open this year, before losing in the semi-final of that tournament.
The 20-year-old Bouchard no doubt has a bright future, but I’m not sure Canadian sports fans realize how high she can climb.
The top stars on the women’s tennis tour are very tough to beat, but they also aren’t getting any younger.
Yes, I’m looking at you Serena Williams, Li Na and Sharapova.
As well as fellow Canadian Milos Raonic has played over the last couple of years, it is much harder to crack the code of the elite level men’s players.
Roger Federer has slipped, but Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still at or near the top of their games.
With Bouchard’s upward swing, pardon the pun, she is on the verge of becoming a big star in women’s tennis for years to come.