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WTA Rising Star Of The Month: Genie

Eugenie Bouchard had a breakthrough 2013 season but soared to even new heights Down Under, and for that reason the Canadian teenager is the WTA's Rising Star Of The Month for January.

Published February 05, 2014 12:13

WTA Rising Star Of The Month: Genie
Eugenie Bouchard

MONTRÉAL, Canada - Eugenie Bouchard turned a lot of heads with her 2013 season, rising from outside the Top 100 all the way to No.32 by year-end, but what she did in the first month of the 2014 season was major - literally. The Canadian teenager - the No.1 teenager in the world, actually - became just the second Canadian ever to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open.

One by one Bouchard battled past each opponent in Melbourne, winning tight two-setters in her first two matches and then, after cruising through her third round match in straight sets and into her first Grand Slam second week, rallying from a set down against both Casey Dellacqua and Ana Ivanovic to make the semifinals. Her magical run would end in straight sets at the hands of China's Li Na.

But what a ride - not only from a tennis perspective, but all the media attention, Genie's Army, her trip to the Road To Singapore and WTA Championships launch event with WTA legend Chris Evert - it was a fantastic few weeks, and for that, Bouchard is the WTA's Rising Star Of The Month for January.

See Bouchard's post-semifinal thoughts, as well as her thoughts on Genie's Army, right here...

The WTA Rising Star Of The Month award is a new addition for 2014 and voted for by WTA staff.

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