Former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard recently featured on the ‘Off the Vine’ podcast where she recollected her thumping loss in the final of Wimbledon 2014.
Aged just 20, the Canadian made headlines by becoming the first player from her country to make a Grand Slam final. She swept 12 straight sets to qualify for the championship match at the All England Club that year, but was handed a 6-3, 6-0 defeat by former champion Petra Kvitova.
In the podcast, Bouchard pointed out how her run to the final at Wimbledon added a new page to Canadian tennis history. She was, however, dejected at being outmatched in a 55-minute contest.
“I was the first Canadian to ever reach a Grand Slam final,” she said. “I made history in a sense. And I was obviously very proud to do that for myself and my country. Unfortunately, I did lose in the final, I got my bu * t kicked. But you live and you learn. “
During the podcast, the Canadian gave an update on her return to the tour. She revealed that she has been able to begin training and hopes to make a comeback at Roland Garros or Wimbledon later this season.
“I’ve just been rehabbing,” Bouchard said. “I’ve been able to get back on the court. I’m training right now but I haven’t played my first tournament yet. The goal is to play this summer. So I’m hoping either the French Open or Wimbledon will be my first one back. It’s been a long process. You have to be patient. I have to do these exercises every single day. It can get a little monotonous and tedious, so it has been a tough time in that sense. “