WTA Rising Stars Rise Up Again
Published May 25, 2014 12:15
After Australia, Eugenie Bouchard was on a high - not just because of her first Grand Slam semifinal, but because she was now Top 20 on the WTA Rankings, as well as No.3 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, the journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Championships Singapore presented by SC Global.
This week, one of the original Road To Singapore frontrunners looked a lot like one again, winning her first WTA title in Nürnberg. She didn't move up on the leaderboard - she stayed at No.13 - but whereas last week she was trailing No.12 by 1535 to 1246, she's now much, much closer, 1535 to 1526.
And she's hoping her Nürnberg conquest will be - in her own words - a stepping stone to bigger things.
"Winning a WTA title is a goal I've had, so I'm happy to accomplish that, but I want to achieve bigger and greater things, bigger titles and more titles," Bouchard said. "This is definitely a good step in the right direction for me, though. It's part of the journey. It's kind of like a stepping stone for me."
In her post-final press conference in Nürnberg, Bouchard was asked about the chances of her winning the French Open now. "I don't even think that deserves an answer!" she humbly answered. "I'm really proud of this week, but I've got to keep everything in perspective. I have a tournament in two days, so I am going to get ready for that now. My first match in Paris is all that's on my mind right now."
Of all the tournament venues around the world, Paris is very special to Bouchard - why?
"It's one of the countries I can go to and actually understand the language, so I'm excited about that," the Montréal native said. "I don't have quite the same accent as they do, and they sometimes make fun of me for it, but I think they pretty much still appreciate that I try to speak French at least!
"And it's a Grand Slam. It's one of those events we've worked our whole lives to play at."
Puig surges from No.90 to No.40 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard this week.
Though some players gained points, the entire Top 20 on the leaderboard stayed the same, with the Top 8 holding strong in their quest for Singapore - Li Na, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic.