MONTRÉAL, Canada - It was February 25, 1994, a cold Friday in Montréal, when one of the biggest young talents in women's tennis - and Canada's biggest talent ever - was coming into the world.
Eugenie Bouchard started playing at age six and by nine she was already playing tournaments.
"I started playing tennis when I was six and my mom took me and my twin sister to a local tennis club," Bouchard told wtatennis.com in her Getting To Know interview back in 2012. "I didn't really like it, though, as it was all games with balloons and hoops and I just wanted to play actual tennis. So my mom took me to start having group lessons, and a few years later I started entering tournaments. I began to take it seriously quite quickly, and when I was nine I qualified for a tournament in France."
It didn't take Bouchard long to leave her mark in the juniors, either, capturing the Wimbledon girls' title in 2012. She then burst onto the WTA scene in 2013, beginning the year at No.147 and finishing all the way up at No.32 in the world, being named the WTA Newcomer Of The Year at the WTA Awards.
But Bouchard wasn't satisfied. She had much, much bigger aspirations, and she certainly started fulfilling them in 2014, particularly at the Grand Slams - her relentlessly aggressive game took her all the way to the semifinals of the Australian Open and French Open and to the final of Wimbledon, the latter result making her the first Canadian, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam final. That run propelled her into the Top 10 for the first time and later in the year she would go as high as No.5, making her the first Canadian player, male or female, ever to reach the Top 5 in the world.
If there were any doubts about Bouchard following up such a breakthrough season, she silenced them at the Australian Open, where she reached her fourth quarterfinal in the last five Grand Slams.
She gave us all a glimpse into her tunnel vision when asked in Melbourne about following up 2014.
"I try to see it as just a new year," she said. "I'm not concerned about defending points from last year. To me it's 2015. I start at zero and try to do as well as I can. My past results don't mean anything when I'm going to walk out on the court tomorrow. I still have to fight and try to play as well as I can.
"I have great memories from last year, but it doesn't really mean anything to me this year."
How high can Bouchard go in 2015? Stay tuned on wtatennis.com for all the latest...
And here are a few throwbacks to February 25, 1994...
No.1 song on Billboard Hot 100 singles: The Power Of Love by Céline Dion (also No.1 in Canada)
No.1 album on Billboard 200 albums: Kickin' It Up by John Michael Montgomery
No.1 movie at US Box Office: On Deadly Ground starring Steven Seagal
No.1 men's tennis player: Pete Sampras
No.1 women's tennis player: Steffi Graf