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WTA Montreal – Eugenie Bouchard: “I was feeling the pressure a bit on the court”



TENNIS WTA MONTREAL – 5th of August 2014. S. Rogers d. E. Bouchard 6-0, 3-6, 6-0. An interview with Eugenie Bouchard

Q. Your first match since Wimbledon. Obviously that probably played a little part in it. Spraying some shots, a couple double faults. Was it nerves or adrenaline?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I think I was feeling the pressure a bit on the court. I felt a little, you know, match rusty kind of.

But I knew this coming into the match, so I can’t use that as excuses. I knew it would be kind of a difficult situation.

But I’m happy I was able to at least prove to myself that I could turn things around and not let the match run away completely. That’s a positive from the match.


Q. How strange were the conditions, late start, no power, no scoreboard? Was it difficult to focus?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I mean, it was a little bit distracting because, you know, to not hear the umpire as loud as you normally could, you know, I didn’t hear him sometimes. We had no scoreboard or anything. Of course, it’s the same for both players. But, you know, just doesn’t help the situation. It was just kind of a series of unfortunate events a little bit.


Q. Sometimes when you have a big break, you practice some things to try to improve your game. Did you practice some things after Wimbledon that you were hoping to execute?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: After Wimbledon I took two weeks off, so I really in practice wanted to first of all get back to my level, try to improve after that.

I feel like I wanted to work on a little bit of everything, consistency, you know, trying to take the ball early, a few things like that that I do well, but I wanted to keep improving those things.

I just felt a little, yeah, not great on the court. But it’s a situation where I’ll learn a lot, not so much about the tennis, but everything else but the tennis.


Q. The way you were able to turn it around in the second set, finish it off, standing ovation, at that point do you say, Now I’m here and I can win this thing?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: Well, I was trying not to think ahead too much after the second. But, you know, I didn’t really start off strong in the third, which probably would have been an important thing to do. Felt a little bit like the first set again. It was a little up and down, which definitely is not how I want to play. I definitely want to be a lot more solid than that.


Q. A career is full of highs and lows. Is this the biggest disappointment of your career?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I don’t think so. It’s just a match. I feel like I’ve been playing really well this whole year. So it’s normal to have a few ups and downs. I’m going to learn a lot, but still be happy about life.


Q. As disappointing as this may be, being your home tournament, it’s still one match in preparation to the US Open. How confident are you with your plan to get to New York in top shape? Does this change anything in what you’re planning to do?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I don’t know. You know, I think the plan is to play next week. I’m going to do that, hopefully get more matches in. I’ll definitely try to prepare for the US Open. It’s the big one. But I still want to do well at every tournament I play.

But, you know, it’s good maybe that this happens earlier than the slam, so I’ll be able to learn from it and kind of adjust going into the US Open.


Q. I’m wondering also, given the off court things that have changed in the last year, what effect has that had on your ability to focus on training and playing?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I’ve definitely noticed a change in my life a little bit since the beginning of the year, even more so since Wimbledon. It’s just something I’m going to have to get used to, especially coming to Montréal is definitely a little crazier than any other tournament.

But I felt like I was dealing with things well. But I still have that sense of the pressure and things like that. It’s a good position to be in. It’s one I want to be in. But I’ll just have to deal with it better.


Q. Managing that pressure and the expectations, is that what you need to focus on going into the US Open, for you to make the next step and maybe win a Grand Slam?

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I think so, yeah. I think as you get a bit more successful you’re going to have to deal with more things as you go up. As I said, it’s where I want to be.

It’s just about kind of getting used to it and focusing on the tennis and remembering that’s the number one priority.


Q. Can you compare the stress of playing a Wimbledon final and playing here in front of your home crowd.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: It’s similar, yes. Wimbledon was a very important moment for me. Here it was a second round, but I knew there were many expectations from many people here.

Also, becoming a top 10 player and reaching the final in Wimbledon played a part in the extra pressure I felt here.


Q. When you walked onto the court you had a long ovation from the crowd. Although you played poorly, the crowd was still with you. Can you talk about what you felt from the crowd.

EUGENIE BOUCHARD: I was really surprised because I played that first set very badly, and still the crowd was behind me. They stayed behind me for the whole match. It was something very good to feel.


Andy Murray Makes Retirement Hint After 500th Hard Court Win In Dubai

Andy Murray won his 500th hard court match in Dubai, placing him fifth on the all-time list.



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Andy Murray further hinted at retirement after securing a 500th hard court win of his career in Dubai.

The former world number one picked up his second win of the year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

In typical Andy Murray fashion, the Brit came back from a set down to defeat the out-of-sorts Canadian as he progressed to the second round.


The win means Murray now has 500 career wins on a hard court and that is an achievement the world number 67 is proud of, “It’s not bad,” Murray told the ATP website as he sits fifth on the all-time list of hard court wins.

“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that. There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”

However those post-match comments weren’t the most shocking ones as Murray once again hinted at retirement this season.

The Brit has made subtle remarks that this year may be his last one but Murray’s comments today suggests that he may have already made his decision, “I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” Murray was quoted by ESPN as saying.

“I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh.”

If the end is near for Murray than the Brit will look to end his career on a high for the next few months.

Before thinking about retirement Murray will look to go further in Dubai when he takes on either Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils in the second round.

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Perspective And Fatigue: The Two Sides Of Iga Swiatek’s Dubai Defeat

Iga Swiatek spoke about perspective and fatigue after her semi-final exit in Dubai.



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Iga Swiatek showed two sides to her defeat in Dubai as the world number one surprisingly failed to win the title despite being the favourite in the semi-finals.

Heading into her semi-final in Dubai, Swiatek was heavy favourite to win her second consecutive WTA title after claiming the title in Doha the week before.

However Swiatek was unsuccessful in her bid to reach the final as she lost to Anna Kalinskaya 6-4 6-4.

It was a bitterly disappointing defeat for Swiatek who missed a golden opportunity to establish even more dominance ahead of Indian Wells.

As all champions do Swiatek offered perspective to her defeat as she looks ahead to the rest of the season, “I mean, I’m angry but on the other hand, there aren’t many players that actually survive these kinds of tournaments so I just kind of have to let it go and accept it,” Swiatek was quoted by Tennis Majors.

There was not only perspective offered but also fatigue as expectations and pressure can force simple mistakes from the best players in the world.

The world number one acknowledged Kalinskaya’s performance but did admit her own performance contributed to the defeat, “Today I would say, I mean she [Kalinskaya] played well and for sure she deserves to be in the final, but I feel like it was more about me and my level,” Swiatek told Tennis Majors.

“I wanted to be focused on myself and I wasn’t really able to implement any tactics that I had. Usually, when I tell myself what to do, I can improve my game but today I was so out of power and tired that I just couldn’t. Day by day, it was a little bit worse.”

Swiatek will hope to re-energize herself ahead of the sunshine double in America.

Last year Swiatek lost to eventual champion Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals at Indian Wells before withdrawing from Miami.

The Pole will look to improve last year’s performance when she plays Indian Wells, which starts on the 6th of March.

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‘Speechless’ Mensik Reaches Maiden ATP Final In Doha

Jakub Mensik is into his first ATP final in Doha.



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Jakub Mensik admitted he was left speechless after reaching his first ATP final in Doha.

The 18 year-old continued his remarkable week with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 semi-final victory over Gael Monfils.

The Czech Republican produced clinical tennis as he beat the 2018 champion to reach his maiden ATP final.

After the match Mensik admitted he was left ‘speechless’ and spoke about the influence Monfils had on his career, “It is amazing. Hopefully not the last one [final]. Incredible week so far,” Mensik told the ATP website.

“Today again with Gael, he played unbelievable. I know it is tough to play against him, especially with his good movement. For me every point I have to play my best game.

“I have to say this performance was one of the best in my entire life. I am so glad I reached this level in the semis, so hopefully tomorrow I play like this. An amazing feeling with my first ATP final. I am speechless.

“I told him when I was young I watched him a lot on the TV. One of the biggest showman on court. He is a great guy, so hopefully in the future we will meet once again. The rallies were so fun with him.”

Mensik has so far beaten three former champions this week as he also defeated Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev this week.

Now Mensik will aim to win his first ATP title as he takes on Karen Khachanov in Saturday’s final.

Should Mensik win the title he could climb to 75 in the world as he started the week at 116 in the world.

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