World News – CA – Eugenie Bouchard’s new form on full display at Roland Garros – SportsnetCalifornia


Eugenie Bouchard of Canada serves against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the women’s singles at Roland Garros on September 30, 2020 (TPN Images / Getty)

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., had already experienced a resurgence in 2020 before arriving at Roland Garros, and that trend only continued this week She booked a spot in the third round of Roland Garros with a narrow 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova on Wednesday

It was an impressive second round performance for Bouchard, who finished with 44 winners, five aces, and was keen to show up, taking 23 of 38 points at the net in the win

It was also one of eight wins in September for the Canadian, who has rediscovered some of her best form in years in this shortened season.She is now back in the third round of a major for the first time since the 2017 Australian Open

Australia and former doubles champion Rennae Stubbs joined Bouchard in June for a practice tryout, and both clicked Stubbs injected more energy and presence on the pitch into Bouchard’s game. It pairs perfectly with his aggressive and striking tactics

The 26-year-old also spent her forties working on her fitness with Gil Reyes, a former coach of eight-time world champion and former No 1 André Agassi Reyes transformed Bouchard’s physicality on the court, and its movement seems faster and more balanced

The mental aspect of tennis, however, was perhaps what benefited Bouchard the most when he won the second round against Gavrilova Despite a tight first set, Bouchard kept his cool and broke Gavrilova’s serve seven times

“Tennis is so mental,” Bouchard said after the win “It’s like boxing without violence It’s so important because we can all hit forehands and backhands – it’s (to About) who can perform them in great times

« I know I was always strong mentally I just had to work to get it back »

Despite being out of a job like many WTA pros for over six months, Bouchard was able to stay busy during the break Along with training, she took an online course at Harvard in neuroscience and spent time to learn to speak Spanish and play the piano

She returned to the court in exhibition action with World Team Tennis in June at the US, before officially returning to tour for her first tournament in August, reaching the quarter-finals of the Prague Open She then made her seventh career WTA final at the Istanbul Open just two weeks ago

These good results allowed him to climb 164 places to 168th place on the WTA tour and earned him a wild card in the main draw at Roland Garros

This is a far cry from where she was just over a year ago Bouchard endured a horrendous spell of tennis in 2019, losing at one point 13 straight games Some fans have wondered if she is even considering making a move. stay away from sport for good

Now she is in contention at Roland Garros and is set to play Thursday against 19-year-old Iga Swiatek from Poland There are certainly parallels to be drawn between the two players Both are former Wimbledon junior singles champions Both players made their way into the top 50 of the WTA rankings as a teenager

Swiatek is currently ranked 54th on the tour and showed great form early in the season, reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open. His athleticism and movements are impressive at such a young age, and she has already notched two top 10 wins and made a WTA final in her career

Bouchard will need to draw on her experience as she prepares to play her ninth career third round game in a

Just six years ago, the Canadian took the tennis world by storm, reaching the Wimbledon final and two Grand Slam semi-finals in Australia and France Now, in a year unlike any other and to some applause from the limited crowd in Paris, Bouchard again plays tennis with calm and confidence

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